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Bill: HB21-1017
Title: Protect Human Life At Conception
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning the protection of human life beginning at conception.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/10/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
P. Neville (R)
Summary

The bill prohibits terminating the life of an unborn child and
makes a violation a class 1 felony. The following are exceptions to the
prohibition:
  • A licensed physician performs a medical procedure
designed or intended to prevent the death of a pregnant
mother, if the physician makes reasonable medical efforts

under the circumstances to preserve both the life of the
mother and the life of her unborn child in a manner
consistent with conventional medical practice; and
  • A licensed physician provides medical treatment, including
chemotherapy or removal of an ectopic pregnancy, to the
mother that results in the accidental or unintentional injury
to or death of the unborn child.
The pregnant mother upon whom termination of the life of an
unborn child is performed or attempted is not subject to a criminal
penalty. The sale and use of contraception is not prohibited by the bill. A
conviction related to the prohibition of the termination of the life of an
unborn child constitutes unprofessional conduct for purposes of physician
licensing.
The bill states that any act, law, treaty, order, or regulation of the
United States government that denies or prohibits protection of a human
person's inalienable right to life is null, void, and unenforceable in this
state and that the courts of the United States have no jurisdiction to
interfere with Colorado's interest in protecting human life at conception
when human life begins.

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Bill: HB21-1020
Title: Proton Beam Therapy For Cancer Treatment
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
DescriptionConcerning the standard applied under a health benefit plan for determining coverage of proton beam therapy for the treatment of cancer.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/26/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
M. Soper (R)
K. McCormick (D)
Summary

The bill prohibits a health benefit plan that provides coverage for
cancer treatment from applying a higher standard of clinical evidence for
coverage of proton beam therapy than the health benefit plan applies for
other radiation therapy treatment.

Amendments
StatusHouse Committee on Health & Insurance Postpone Indefinitely (03/10/2021)
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Bill: HB21-1023
Title: Energy Facility Real Property Classification
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
- Local Government
DescriptionConcerning the classification of real property on which a renewable energy facility is located.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
House:
P. Will (R)
Summary

Currently, the location of a small or low impact hydroelectric
energy facility, a geothermal energy facility, a biomass energy facility, a
wind energy facility, or a solar energy facility on real property does not
affect the classification of that real property for purposes of determining
the actual value of that real property. As a result, a county assessor cannot
use the location of the facility as a basis for reclassifying the real

property. The bill creates an exception to this requirement for real
property that, immediately prior to the location of the facility, was
classified as agricultural. Therefore, an assessor will be able to consider
the location of the facility when determining whether the real property
should be reclassified.

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Bill: HB21-1026
Title: Allow Foreign Protected Series Do Business In Colorado
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
DescriptionConcerning the ability of foreign protected series organizations to do business in Colorado.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/10/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
M. Baisley (R)
K. Tipper (D)
Summary

Section 1 of the bill defines a protected series as an arrangement,
configuration, or other structure established by an entity formed outside
of Colorado (a foreign entity) as to which, under the organic statutes of
the foreign entity:
  • The assets of or associated with the protected series are not
subject to claims against, or liabilities of, the foreign entity

or any other protected series of the foreign entity; and
  • The assets of or associated with the foreign entity or any
other protected series of the foreign entity are not subject
to claims against, or liabilities of, the protected series.
Section 2 authorizes a foreign entity that has established a
protected series (a foreign series entity) that is doing or proposing to do
business in this state to file with the secretary of state a statement of
foreign entity authority that states the name and principal place of
business of the protected series. Section 3 specifies the effect of filing the
statement of foreign entity authority with regard to the foreign series
entity's and protected series' rights and liabilities.

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StatusHouse Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely (03/11/2021)
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Bill: HB21-1029
Title: Use Of READ Act Per-pupil Intervention Money
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning authorizing local education providers to use per-pupil intervention money to purchase core reading instructional programs that are not included on the advisory list created by the department of education.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
T. Geitner (R)
Summary

Under current law, a school district, charter school, or board of
cooperative services (local education provider) may use per-pupil
intervention money received pursuant to the Colorado READ Act to

purchase core reading instructional programs (programs) that are on an
advisory list of programs created by the department of education
(department).
The bill authorizes a local education provider to use per-pupil
intervention money to purchase programs that are not on the advisory list
but that the local education provider determines meet the criteria for
placement on the list. After the local education provider has used the
programs for 2 school years, the department must review the programs
and the results achieved and determine whether the programs are effective
in improving students' reading competency.
If the programs are effective, the department must place the
programs on the advisory list. If the programs are not effective, a local
education provider may not subsequently use per-pupil intervention
money to purchase the programs.

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StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (04/15/2021)
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Bill: HB21-1032
Title: Local Government Authority Statewide Disaster Declarations
Bill Subject- Local Government
DescriptionConcerning the ability of local governments to exert authority after the initial imposition of a statewide disaster emergency declaration having legal effects within their territorial boundaries.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (10/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
S. Luck (R)
Summary

The bill permits the majority of the governing body of any county
or municipality by adoption of a resolution, ordinance, law, or rule to
abrogate all or any portion of a disaster emergency order applying to the

county or municipality that has been issued by the governor under the
governor's emergency management powers when the disaster emergency
lasts longer than 30 days. Upon the enactment by the governing body of
such a resolution, ordinance, law, or rule the order, or any portion of the
order, has no legal force and effect within, as applicable, the municipality
or within the unincorporated portions of the county where the resolution,
ordinance, law, or rule has been approved by the governing body of a
county.
The bill prohibits the state and any state department, institution, or
agency from taking any action against a county or municipality, including
without limitation any action resulting in denial of a monetary payment
or the provision of any other form of financial assistance in retaliation for
action by the governing body of the county or municipality to abrogate the
governor's order.
The bill requires the governing body of the county or municipality
to notify the governor and any affected state departments, institutions, or
agencies of the adoption of such resolution, ordinance, law, or rule.

Amendments
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Bill: HB21-1033
Title: Add Health Maintenance Organizations Life And Health Insurance Protection Association
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Insurance
DescriptionConcerning modifications to the "Life and Health Insurance Protection Association Act".
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/29/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Gardner (R)
House:
N. Ricks (D)
Summary

The bill amends the Life and Health Insurance Protection
Association Act as follows:
  • Adds health maintenance organizations (HMOs) as
members of the association and subjects HMOs to
assessments from the association; and
  • Allocates responsibility for long-term care insurance

assessments between health insurance and life insurance
association members.

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Bill: HB21-1034
Title: Consumer Right To Use Natural Gas Or Propane
Bill Subject- Energy
- Local Government
- Natural Resources & Environment
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning a guarantee of customer choice in the use of gaseous fuels to produce thermal energy.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
D. Woog (R)
Summary

The bill invalidates any statute, rule, or local ordinance or
resolution that limits or prohibits, except as required for safety purposes,
the installation in a new or existing home or business any system or
appliance that uses natural gas or propane for cooking, hot water, space
heating, or electrical generation.

Amendments
StatusHouse Committee on Energy & Environment Postpone Indefinitely (03/03/2021)
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Bill: HB21-1035
Title: Pregnancy-based Parking Placard
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning the creation of a pregnancy-based parking placard.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/25/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
M. Lynch (R)
Summary

The bill creates a pregnancy-based parking placard. The placard
is available to a person during the last trimester of the person's pregnancy
through the first 2 months after the person gives birth. The placard
authorizes the person to park in reserved disability parking spaces.

Amendments
StatusHouse Committee on Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely (03/16/2021)
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Bill: HB21-1036
Title: Local Control Of Health Orders
Bill Subject- Local Government
DescriptionConcerning the control of a local government over a health order that applies within the territory of a local government.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/18/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
A. Pico (R)
Summary

The bill specifies that a health order issued by a county, district, or
municipal public health agency, public health director, or board of health
takes effect within the territory of a county, city and county, or
municipality, unless the governing body of the county, city and county,
or municipality rejects the order by a majority vote.

The bill also allows the governing body of a county, city and
county, or municipality to modify a health order issued by a county,
district, or municipal public health agency, public health director, or
board of health.

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Bill: HB21-1037
Title: Limit Designated Lands Gray Wolf Reintroduction
Bill Subject- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning a limitation on the designated lands onto which gray wolves may be reintroduced.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/29/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Scott (R)
B. Rankin (R)
House:
M. Soper (R)
Summary

During the 2020 general election, the voters approved Proposition
114, which authorized the reintroduction of gray wolves on designated
lands in Colorado west of the continental divide beginning no later than
December 31, 2023. The bill excludes from the definition of designated
lands the following:
  • Lands within a county in which the majority of the votes

cast in the 2020 general election did not approve
Proposition 114 unless, prior to a proposed reintroduction
of gray wolves in that county, an election is held in the
county and a majority of the votes cast from that county in
the election approve of the reintroduction of the gray wolf
in designated lands in the county; and
  • Lands within a county in which is located prey of the gray
wolf that, as determined by the parks and wildlife
commission, either:
  • Is a candidate for listing or has been placed in the
threatened or endangered species list pursuant to the
federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 or is
listed as endangered or threatened pursuant to state
law; or
  • The state has spent money to reintroduce or restore.

Amendments
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Bill: HB21-1038
Title: Concealed Handguns On School Grounds
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning allowing concealed handgun permit holders to carry concealed handguns on school grounds.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
P. Neville (R)
Summary

With certain exceptions, current law prohibits a concealed carry
permit holder from carrying a concealed handgun on public elementary,
middle, junior high, or high school grounds. The bill removes this
limitation.

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Bill: HB21-1039
Title: Careless Driving Serious Bodily Injury
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning the penalties imposed on the driver of a motor vehicle who causes serious bodily injury to another person.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/10/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
C. Larson (R)
B. Titone (D)
Summary

Current law makes it a class 1 traffic misdemeanor when careless
driving of a motor vehicle causes serious bodily injury to a vulnerable
road user. The bill changes serious bodily injury to a vulnerable road user
to serious bodily injury to anyone.

Amendments
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (04/12/2021)
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Bill: HB21-1040
Title: General Fund Money For Reintroduction Of Wolves
Bill Subject- Natural Resources & Environment
- State Revenue & Budget
DescriptionConcerning the requirement that the costs associated with the reintroduction of gray wolves in the state be paid exclusively from the general fund.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/27/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Rankin (R)
K. Donovan (D)
House:
P. Will (R)
Summary

At the 2020 general election, the voters approved proposition 114,
which requires the reintroduction and management of gray wolves. The
bill requires all costs for this program to be paid exclusively from the
general fund, and this includes any losses of livestock caused by gray
wolves.

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Bill: HB21-1041
Title: Private Sector Enterprise Protections
Bill Subject- Civil Law
DescriptionConcerning the prohibition against restricting a private sector enterprise's full and free rights to conduct business in any manner.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
D. Woog (R)
Summary

The bill prohibits state government from passing or implementing
any law or rule restricting the natural rights of a private sector enterprise
or its customers to use and exercise their free will and free choice to
conduct business, exchange goods and services, and take risks in any
manner, time, or condition that is acceptable by the private sector

enterprise, its customers, and any private sector individuals.
The bill authorizes a private sector enterprise to assert a violation
as a claim against state government in any judicial or administrative
proceeding or as a defense in any judicial or administrative proceeding
without regard to whether the proceeding is brought by or in the name of
state government, any private sector enterprise, private person, or any
other party.

Amendments
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Bill: HB21-1042
Title: Water Storage Tanks Grant Program
Bill Subject- Natural Resources & Environment
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning the creation of the water storage tank wildfire mitigation grant program.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/23/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
R. Hanks (R)
Summary

The bill establishes the water storage tank wildfire mitigation grant
program (grant program) within the forest service. Grant recipients may
use grant money to purchase water storage tanks for wildfire firefighting
efforts. The grant program only awards grants to entities that are an
agency of local government, a county, a municipality, a special district,
a tribal agency or program, or a nonprofit or not-for-profit organization

that is registered and in good standing with the secretary of state's office.
In awarding grants, the forest service considers the potential impact of
additional water storage tanks in the applicant's jurisdiction or area.
Grant recipients are required to report to the forest service, and the
forest service is required to annually report on the grant program to the
wildfire matters review committee.
The bill also creates the water storage tank wildfire mitigation cash
fund. Money in the fund is used to implement the grant program. The
general assembly is required to transfer $5 million into the fund beginning
September 1, 2021, through and including the 2024-25 fiscal year.

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Bill: HB21-1043
Title: Study Underground Water Storage Maximum Beneficial Use
Bill Subject- Water
DescriptionConcerning a study of underground water storage to maximize the beneficial use of water within Colorado.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/26/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Sonnenberg (R)
House:
R. Holtorf (R)
Summary

The bill directs the Colorado water conservation board (board), in
consultation with the state engineer, to contract with a Colorado
institution of higher education (institution) to conduct a study to:
  • Evaluate ways to maximize the beneficial use of water
within Colorado and implement the storage
recommendations of the Colorado water plan by storing

water underground when water is available;
  • Evaluate ways to minimize the amount of water that flows
out of Colorado to downstream states, without risking
noncompliance with applicable interstate compacts, United
States supreme court rulings, other federal law, decreed
absolute and conditional water rights, the prior
appropriation system, and Colorado's anti-speculation
doctrine;
  • Identify:
  • Specific aquifers that are hydrologically and legally
available to be used for underground storage and
subsequent beneficial use;
  • Sources of revenue that could be used to pay for the
underground storage projects; and
  • Planned potential or existing underground storage
projects that would meet the objectives identified in
the study;
  • Examine the role that various water entities might play in
financing and implementing underground storage projects;
and
  • Recommend legislative changes needed to implement
managed underground storage projects in the identified
aquifers.
The bill directs the board or the institution to submit a report
summarizing the results of the study to the water resources review
committee by August 1, 2022, which shall either have legislation drafted
to implement the study's recommendations or submit the study along with
its own recommendations to the committees of the general assembly with
jurisdiction over water resources by January 1, 2023.

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Bill: HB21-1049
Title: Prohibit Discrimination Labor Union Participation
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
DescriptionConcerning the prohibition of discrimination against employees based on labor union participation.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
K. Ransom (R)
T. Van Beber (R)
Summary

The bill:
  • Prohibits an employer from requiring union membership or
payment of union dues as a condition of employment;
  • Creates civil and criminal penalties for employer violations
regarding union membership and authorizes the attorney
general and the district attorney in each judicial district to

investigate alleged violations and take action against a
person believed to be in violation; and
  • States that all-union agreements are unfair labor practices.

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Bill: HB21-1053
Title: Election Recount Requests
Bill Subject- Elections & Redistricting
DescriptionConcerning election recounts.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
D. Williams (R)
Summary

The bill adds a registered elector to the list of people who can
request a recount when one is not otherwise required. An interested party
or registered elector who requests a recount can also specify that the
requested recount be conducted as a manual recount of the voter-verified
paper records in the election, in which case, the election official is
required to conduct the recount in accordance with that request.
An interested party or registered elector can also request that a
recount that is required by law be conducted as a manual recount of the

voter-verified paper records. A person making this request must pay for
the additional costs, if any, of conducting the recount manually. If the
person makes the payment required, the election official must conduct the
recount manually.

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Bill: HB21-1058
Title: Promoting Social Distancing In Marijuana Industry
Bill Subject- Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
DescriptionConcerning measures to promote social distancing for legal marijuana, and, in connection therewith, modifying the physical examination procedure to obtain a medical marijuana card and repealing the prohibition on selling retail marijuana products online and to a person not physically present in the retail marijuana store's licensed premises.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/25/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
M. Gray (D)
Summary


Under current law, a physician is required to conduct an in-person
physical examination of a person prior to certifying that the person would
benefit from medical marijuana. The bill permits a physician to treat,
counsel, and conduct appropriate personal physical examinations, in
person or remotely via telephone or video conference, to establish a bona
fide physician-patient relationship with a patient seeking a medical
marijuana card.
Under current law, retail marijuana stores are prohibited from
selling retail marijuana and retail marijuana products online and to a
person not physically present in the retail marijuana store's licensed
premises. The bill repeals this prohibition.

Amendments
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Bill: HB21-1062
Title: Deregulation Direct Sale Of Animal Shares
Bill Subject- Agriculture
- Business & Economic Development
- Public Health
DescriptionConcerning the sale of animals for consumption to informed end consumers in a manner that exempts the sale from certain laws.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/16/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Sonnenberg (R)
House:
D. Valdez (D)
Summary

Section 1 of the bill allows a person to sell, without licensure,
regulation, or inspection by a public health agency, an animal or shares
of the meat of an animal for future delivery if:
  • At the point of sale, the person displays a conspicuous
disclaimer or gives the customer a document with a

disclaimer indicating that the seller is not subject to
licensure and the animal or meat is not subject to state
regulation or inspection by a public health agency and that
the animal or meat is not intended for resale; and
  • The animal or meat is delivered directly from the seller to
an informed end consumer and is sold only in Colorado and
the sale does not involve interstate commerce.
A person who makes a purchase under the bill is prohibited from
reselling the animal or animal share. The bill clarifies that the seller is not
liable in a civil action for damages caused by inadequately cooking or
improperly preparing the animal or animal share.
Section 2 limits the number of brand inspections for an animal
share sale to a single inspection before slaughter. Each purchaser must be
listed on the inspection certificate. The state board of stock inspection
commissioners will promulgate rules establishing procedures for a single
inspection.

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StatusHouse Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Water Postpone Indefinitely (02/22/2021)
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Bill: HB21-1070
Title: Repeal Ammunition Magazine Prohibition
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning the repeal of certain provisions concerning ammunition magazines.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
R. Hanks (R)
Summary

The bill repeals statutory provisions:
  • Prohibiting the sale, transfer, or possession of certain
large-capacity ammunition magazines; and
  • Requiring each large-capacity ammunition magazine
manufactured in Colorado on or after July 1, 2013, to
include a permanent stamp or marking indicating that the

magazine was manufactured or assembled after July 1,
2013.

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Bill: HB21-1074
Title: Immunity For Entities During COVID-19
Bill Subject- Civil Law
DescriptionConcerning civil immunity for entities that comply with applicable health guidelines related to COVID-19.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
M. 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: HB21-1078
Title: Release On Bail Violation Of A Protection Order
Bill Subject- Courts & Judicial
DescriptionConcerning minimum monetary conditions for a bond for violation of a protection order.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
S. Sandridge (R)
Summary

The bill requires the court, when determining the type of bond and
conditions of release for a person arrested for violating a protection order,
if it sets a bond with a monetary condition, to set the amount not less
than:
  • $10,000 for the person's first arrest for violating a
protection order; and

  • $25,000 for the person's second or subsequent arrest for
violating a protection order.
The bill does not prohibit the court from determining the type of
bond or non-monetary conditions of release to a person's bond.

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Bill: HB21-1079
Title: Modify Property Tax Exemption For Veterans With Disabilities
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
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.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/02/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
S. Sandridge (R)
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: HB21-1080
Title: Nonpublic Education And COVID-19 Relief Act
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning the creation of income tax credits for costs incurred for nonpublic education, including costs incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
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Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
M. Baisley (R)
Summary

The bill establishes a private school tuition income tax credit
commencing on or after January 1, 2021, that allows any taxpayer to
claim a credit when the taxpayer enrolls a qualified child in a private
school or the taxpayer provides a scholarship to a qualified child for
enrollment in a private school. The private school issues the taxpayer a

credit certificate and the amount of the credit is:
  • For full-time attendance, an amount equal to either the
tuition paid or the scholarship provided to a qualified child,
as applicable, or 50% of the previous year's state average
per pupil revenues, whichever is less; and
  • For half-time attendance, an amount equal to either the
tuition paid or the scholarship provided to a qualified child,
as applicable, or 25% of the previous year's state average
per pupil revenues, whichever is less.
The bill also establishes a home-based education income tax credit
commencing on or after January 1, 2021, that allows any taxpayer who
uses home-based education for a qualified child to claim an income tax
credit in an amount equal to:
  • $1,000 for a taxpayer who uses home-based education for
a qualified child who was enrolled on a full-time basis in a
public school in the state prior to being taught at home; and
  • $500 for a taxpayer who uses home-based education for a
qualified child who was enrolled on a half-time basis in a
public school in the state prior to being taught at home.
Both credits may be carried forward for 3 years but may not be
refunded. In addition, the credits may be transferred, subject to certain
limitations.

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Bill: HB21-1081
Title: Disaster Emergency Duration Limits
Bill Subject-
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning the duration of a state of disaster emergency declared by the governor, and, in connection therewith, prohibiting the governor from renewing a state of disaster emergency and authorizing the general assembly to extend a state of disaster emergency.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (10/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
A. Pico (R)
Summary

The bill extends the duration of a state of disaster emergency

declared by the governor from 30 to 60 days, but prohibits the governor
from renewing a state of disaster emergency declared beyond 60 days.
Instead, the bill authorizes the general assembly, upon the written request
of the governor and by adopting a joint resolution, to extend the state of
disaster emergency for up to 60 additional days. The general assembly
may continue, at the written request of the governor and by adopting a
joint resolution for each extension, to extend a state of disaster emergency
for periods of up to 60 days for as long as it deems it necessary to do so.
If the general assembly is not scheduled to convene in a regular session
when a state of disaster emergency will end as required by the bill, the
governor or a two-thirds majority of the members of each house of the
general assembly, in accordance with applicable state constitutional
provisions, may call the general assembly into an extraordinary session
to consider extending the state of disaster emergency.

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Bill: HB21-1082
Title: Gun Transfer Background Check Permit Exemption
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning permitting presentation of a concealed carry permit as an alternative to a background check required for a firearms transfer and, in connection therewith, prohibiting a sheriff from issuing a concealed carry permit without the results of a background check.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/14/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
H. McKean (R)
Summary

Federal law requires federally licensed firearms dealers to conduct

background checks of prospective transferees prior to transferring a
firearm by contacting the national instant criminal background check
system (NICS). A dealer is not required to conduct a NICS background
check of a prospective transferee if the transferee presents a state license
or permit that is recognized by the federal bureau of alcohol, tobacco,
firearms, and explosives (ATF) as an alternative to a NICS background
check. In order to be eligible for recognition, a permit must have been
issued within 5 years before the transfer and the state must have
completed a NICS background check prior to issuing the permit.
The bill makes a Colorado-issued permit to carry a concealed
handgun eligible for recognition as an alternative to a NICS background
check by requiring a sheriff to receive the results of a background check
prior to issuing or renewing the permit. The Colorado attorney general is
required to contact the ATF to request that a Colorado-issued permit
qualifies as an alternative to the federal background check requirement.
Upon approval by the ATF, a concealed carry permit issued after the
effective date of the bill can be used to satisfy a background check
required by state or federal law. A permit issued in another state that is
otherwise recognized in Colorado is not valid as a substitute for a
background check.
A prospective transferee who presents a permit as an alternative to
a background check must attest, in writing, that the person has not, since
the issuance of the permit, been convicted of a crime of domestic violence
or been treated for a mental health condition, or is otherwise ineligible to
possess a firearm pursuant to state or federal law.

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Bill: HB21-1086
Title: Voter Proof Of Citizenship Requirement
Bill Subject- Elections & Redistricting
DescriptionConcerning requirements to provide proof of citizenship to vote.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/24/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
S. Luck (R)
Summary

The bill provides that only an elector who has provided proof of
citizenship can vote in an election. Registered electors who have
presented a county clerk and recorder with proof of citizenship receive
regular mail ballots. All other registered electors receive provisional mail
ballots. Electors who receive provisional mail ballots must present those
ballots at the county clerk and recorder's office and must provide proof of

citizenship at the county clerk and recorder's office.
The bill also ensures that only voters who have provided proof of
citizenship can cast a regular in-person ballot.
Finally, the bill requires the computerized statewide voter
registration list maintained by the secretary of state to note whether an
elector has shown proof of citizenship.

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Bill: HB21-1088
Title: Annual Audit Statewide Voter Registration System
Bill Subject- Elections & Redistricting
DescriptionConcerning an annual audit of the statewide voter registration system.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
A. Pico (R)
Summary

The bill requires the state auditor to conduct an annual audit of the
statewide voter registration system. The audit must include at least 20%
of the active registered electors in each county, unduplicated over 5
consecutive years. The auditor is required to determine whether the data
in the statewide voter registration list can be validated against other
official records including death records, property records, and tax records.

The secretary of state must reimburse the state for the full cost of the
audit from the department of state cash fund.

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Bill: HB21-1089
Title: Assumption Of Risk Liability At Wakeboard Parks
Bill Subject- Civil Law
- Courts & Judicial
- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning legal responsibilities surrounding wakeboarders' use of a wakeboard park.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/26/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
M. Soper (R)
Summary

The bill establishes the legal responsibilities of wakeboard park
operators and wakeboarders who use wakeboard parks, including:
  • An operator's responsibility to post boundary markings and
any warnings necessary for the safe enjoyment of the
wakeboard park;
  • A wakeboarder's assumption of the inherent dangers and

risks involved in wakeboarding at a wakeboard park; and
  • Limitations on the type and amount of liability that an
operator has with regard to a wakeboarder's loss or injury
suffered while wakeboarding at the operator's wakeboard
park.
The bill also defines the rights and responsibilities between
wakeboarders at a wakeboard park.

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Bill: HB21-1092
Title: Candidate Lieutenant Governor Eligible For Other Office
Bill Subject- Elections & Redistricting
DescriptionConcerning the eligibility of a candidate for lieutenant governor to be a candidate for another elected office.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
C. Holbert (R)
House:
D. Williams (R)
Summary

The bill allows a person who is nominated as a candidate for
elected office who is also nominated as a candidate for lieutenant
governor to run for both offices. If the person wins the election for both
offices, the person must resign from one of them within 7 days of the
final certification of the results of both elections. The vacancy created by
the resignation is filled in accordance with existing law on vacancies for

that office.

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Bill: HB21-1093
Title: Remedies In Class Actions Consumer Protection Act
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
DescriptionConcerning available relief for plaintiffs who prevail in a class action under the "Colorado Consumer Protection Act".
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (10/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
S. Woodrow (D)
Summary

The bill states that in a class action under the Colorado Consumer
Protection Act, a successful plaintiff may recover actual damages,
injunctive relief allowed by law, and reasonable attorney fees and costs.

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Bill: HB21-1096
Title: Foster Parents' Bill Of Rights
Bill Subject- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning a bill of rights for foster parents.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/10/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
T. Van Beber (R)
Summary

The bill creates certain rights for foster parents. The rights do not
apply to persons against whom criminal charges have been filed for child
abuse, an unlawful sexual offense, or any felony.

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Bill: HB21-1098
Title: Civil Liability For Extreme Risk Protection Orders
Bill Subject- Civil Law
- Courts & Judicial
DescriptionConcerning civil liability for preventing a person from defending himself or herself using a firearm as a result of an order issued pursuant to article 14.5 of title 13, Colorado Revised Statutes.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/22/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
D. Woog (R)
Summary

The bill creates a civil cause of action for a person who suffers
injury or damages as a result of not being able to use a firearm to defend
himself, herself, or his or her family as a result of a temporary extreme

risk protection order or an ongoing extreme risk protection order. The
civil action may be brought against any person who drafted, proposed,
promoted, or provided support, financial or otherwise, to pass, implement,
or enforce House Bill 19-1177, extreme risk protection orders. A
successful plaintiff is entitled to attorney fees and compensatory damages
or liquidated damages.

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Bill: HB21-1113
Title: Income Tax Deduction For Mil Retirement Benefits
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning the income tax deduction for military retirement benefits.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/20/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
M. Bradfield (R)
Summary

The starting point for determining state income tax liability is
federal taxable income. This number is adjusted for additions and
subtractions (deductions) that are used to determine Colorado taxable
income, which amount is multiplied by the state's income tax rate.
Income earned from pensions or annuities, including military
retirement benefits, can be considered income for purposes of the state's

income tax. In Colorado, current law provides an income tax deduction
that subtracts from federal taxable income amounts received from
pensions or annuities for individuals who are 55 years or older. For
individuals who are 55 to 64, that benefit is capped at $20,000 per income
tax year. For individuals who are 65 or older, that benefit is capped at
$24,000 per income tax year. This existing benefit applies to pensions or
annuities received, among other things, from service in the uniformed
services of the United States. The bill does not change this current tax
benefit.
In 2018, the general assembly enacted a separate temporary
income tax deduction through the income tax year commencing on or
after January 1, 2023, that subtracts from federal taxable income amounts
received from military retirement benefits for individuals who are under
55 years old. This additional deduction for military retirements benefits
is currently capped as follows:
  • $7,500 for the income tax year commencing on or after
January 1, 2020, but before January 1, 2021;
  • $10,000 for the income tax year commencing on or after
January 1, 2021, but before January 1, 2022; and
  • $15,000 for income tax years commencing on or after
January 1, 2022, but before January 1, 2024.
The bill makes modifications to the existing tax deduction for
military retirement benefits for individuals who are under 55 years old by:
  • Extending the number of years the temporary income tax
deduction is available by 10 years; and
  • Increasing the maximum benefit to $20,000 for income tax
years commencing January 1, 2023, and for each income
tax year thereafter.

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Bill: HB21-1118
Title: Backcountry Search And Rescue In Colorado
Bill Subject- State Government
DescriptionConcerning backcountry search and rescue services in Colorado.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (10/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
D. Valdez (D)
P. Will (R)
Summary

The bill defines backcountry search and rescue as the utilization,
training, and support of responders, with their specialized equipment, to
locate, provide assistance to, and remove to safety individuals who are
lost, injured, stranded, or entrapped, generally in remote areas of the state.
The department of natural resources (department) must conduct a study
and develop recommendations on the issues related to backcountry search

and rescue, including coordination among the local, state, and nonprofit
organizations involved in backcountry search and rescue, the adequacy of
resources and benefits available to volunteers who provide backcountry
search and rescue services, the funding needs for equipment and
reimbursement, and the needs for volunteer training and public education.
The department must also, subject to available appropriations, conduct
outreach and training related to the physical and psychological support
needs of backcountry search and rescue volunteers, which may include
working with consultants, providing programs, or creating a grant
program for local governments or nonprofit organizations providing
backcountry search and rescue. The bill makes conforming amendments
related to the definition of backcountry search and rescue.

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Bill: HB21-1120
Title: License Private Security Guards
Bill Subject- Professions & Occupations
DescriptionConcerning the licensure of persons in the business of providing private guard services.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/27/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
M. Weissman (D)
Y. Caraveo (D)
Summary

The bill creates the Guard Training and Standards Act (Act). The
Act requires the following persons to obtain a license to practice their
occupation:
  • Armed guards who, for financial compensation, carry a
firearm and may use physical force to protect a person or
property;

  • Protection guards who, for financial compensation, may
use physical force to protect a person or property; and
  • Security guards who, for financial compensation, secure a
person or property.
The Act also requires a guard employer to be registered with the director
of the division of professions and occupations in the department of
regulatory agencies (director).
The licensing is administered by the director, who, subject to the
administrative procedures act, has the power and duty to:
  • Promulgate rules;
  • Establish licensure fees;
  • Investigate, hold hearings, and gather evidence;
  • Enter, during business hours, the business premises of a
licensee where violations are alleged to have occurred;
  • Take disciplinary action upon proof of a violation of the
Act or the rules promulgated to implement the Act;
  • Issue cease-and-desist orders;
  • Apply to a court for an order enjoining any act or practice
that violates the Act;
  • Approve training programs that are required to meet the
standards for licensure as a protection guard or an armed
guard;
  • Implement a requirement that protection guards and armed
guards wear body cameras and record interactions with
members of the public in a similar manner to the
requirements for peace officers;
  • Set marking, design, and equipment standards for motor
vehicles used by a guard in the guard's duties;
  • Set standards for uniforms, including external
identification, worn by a guard;
  • Set standards for when it is appropriate to wear plain
clothes and for the issuance of a plainclothes permit; and
  • Establish a procedure and standards for waiving a portion
of the training required for a protection guard or an armed
guard to be issued a license.
A person may use the titles of security guard, protection guard,
or armed guard only if the person is licensed. A person who engages in
the occupation of being a guard without the required license or who
employs a guard without a registration commits a class 2 misdemeanor
for the first offense and a class 6 felony for the second or subsequent
offense. Peace officers are exempt from the licensing requirements.
To be issued a license, a person must apply, pay a fee, prove
qualifications as required in the Act, and submit to a criminal history
background check. Upon being licensed, the person is given a license
document that contains the guard's photograph and other relevant
information.
Security guards are prohibited from carrying a firearm and using
physical force to secure or protect people or property. To be qualified for
a security guard license, a person must not have a conviction within the
last 10 years for certain crimes that relate to violence or unlawful sexual
behavior or for attempting or conspiring to commit these types of crimes.
Protection guards are prohibited from carrying a firearm. To be
qualified for a protection guard license, a person must:
  • Not have a conviction, within the last 10 years, for the
same type of crimes described for security guards; and
  • Have successfully completed 80 hours of training that is
approved by rule and covers the obligations and restrictions
imposed on a protection guard by the Act.
To be qualified for an armed guard license, a person must:
  • Have a concealed carry permit for firearms;
  • Not have a conviction, within the last 10 years, for the
same type of crimes described for security guards;
  • Have successfully completed 80 hours of training that is
approved by rule and covers the obligations and restrictions
imposed on an armed guard by the Act; and
  • Have completed firearms training that is substantially
equivalent to the training required to be certified as a peace
officer.
To renew a protection guard license or armed guard license, the
license holder must successfully complete 8 hours of training approved
by the director by rule.
Within 30 days after a felony or misdemeanor conviction for
certain listed crimes, which are broader than the crimes that disqualify a
person to be a guard because the crimes cover certain property offenses
and offenses involving fraud, a guard must report the conviction to the
director. Within 30 days after terminating the employment of a guard for
misconduct, a guard employer must report the termination and the
misconduct that is the basis for the termination to the director. Within 30
days after using physical force to protect a person or property, a guard and
the guard's employer must report the use of physical force to the director.
The report must include the demographic information, as required by rule,
of the guard using physical force and of the individual subjected to the
physical force.
The director will maintain a database of licensed guards. The
database contains the name of each licensee and the following
information about each licensee:
  • Each criminal conviction of the type the guard must report;
and
  • Each termination of employment for misconduct and the
misconduct.
The director will make the database available, including online through
the director's website, to a registered guard employer.
The Act establishes standards of conduct for guards that include
obeying the Act and rules promulgated under the Act and the following
standards:
  • All guards must:
  • Wear a uniform unless the guard has been issued a
plainclothes permit;
  • Carry the guard's license;
  • Use a vehicle that complies with the marking,
design, and equipment rules promulgated by the
director; and
  • Not use a canine to detect explosive devices unless
the canine is certified by a nationally recognized
training association or a law enforcement agency,
and the guard handling the canine is one of the
canine's primary handlers.
  • An armed guard must wear a form of identification on the
outermost part of the armed guard's uniform.
The director sets standards for issuing a plainclothes permit.
The director may discipline each type of guard or a guard employer
for:
  • Fraud or intentional misrepresentation in obtaining or
attempting to obtain, reinstate, or renew a license;
  • Violating a currently valid order of the director;
  • Violating the Act or a rule promulgated under the Act;
  • Being convicted of a felony when acting within the course
and scope of the guard's duties;
  • Using false advertising or intentionally misleading
advertising;
  • Failing to meet the mentioned standards of practice;
  • Failing to pay a fine assessed by the director; and
  • Using deadly force or authorizing the use of deadly force
against any individual unless the use of deadly force is
necessary to prevent an immediate risk of serious physical
harm to an individual.
The director may discipline or require additional training of:
  • A security guard for using unlawful physical force on
another person;
  • A protection guard or armed guard for:
  • Failing to use a body camera;
  • Using physical force that is prohibited for peace
officers to use; or
  • Being convicted of a crime that would disqualify the
protection guard or armed guard from being issued
a license; and
  • A guard employer for:
  • Authorizing a guard to take an action that is a
ground for discipline;
  • Failing to ensure that protection guards and armed
guards use body cameras; or
  • Failing to make a required report.
The director may adopt rules establishing fines that the director
may impose on a licensee for violating the Act or rules under the Act,
with a minimum fine of not less than $50 and a maximum fine of not
more than $5,000 per violation.
In accordance with the sunset law, the Act will repeal on
September 1, 2031. Before the repeal, the Act is scheduled for review by
the department of regulatory agencies.

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Bill: HB21-1125
Title: Suspend State Assessments In 2020-21 School Year
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning suspending the administration of state assessments for the 2020-21 school year.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/25/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
House:
B. McLachlan (D)
E. Sirota (D)
Summary

The bill suspends the administration of state assessments,
contingent on a change to federal law or a waiver of federal law from the
federal department of education, for the following instructional areas for
the 2020-21 school year:
  • Science administered to students enrolled in grades 5, 8,
and 11;

  • Math administered to students enrolled in grades 3 through
8;
  • English language arts administered to students enrolled in
grades 3 through 8; and
  • Social studies administered to students enrolled in grades
4 and 7.
The bill prohibits a school district from using student academic
growth measures or student performance measures when evaluating
teachers and principals for the 2020-21 school year.
The bill requires a school or a school district to implement the
school plan type that was assigned in the preceding school year. The bill
requires the department of education, in determining the number of
school years that a school or school district is on performance watch, to
exclude the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, and count the 2021-22
school year as if it were consecutive to the 2018-19 school year.

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Bill: HB21-1127
Title: County General Fund Money For Roads And Bridges
Bill Subject- Local Government
- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning authorization for a county to use county general fund money to fund roads and bridges.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/28/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
A. Pico (R)
Summary

Current law prohibits a county from appropriating county general
fund money for roads and bridges and, subject to an exception for disaster
emergency response within the county, from transferring county general
fund money to the county road and bridge fund. The bill authorizes a
county to use county general fund money to fund roads and bridges by
eliminating these existing prohibitions.

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Bill: HB21-1135
Title: Health-care Cost-sharing Consumer Protections
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
DescriptionConcerning protections for consumers who participate in health-care cost-sharing arrangements.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/27/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
House:
S. Lontine (D)
Summary

The bill defines a health-care cost-sharing arrangement as a
health care sharing ministry or medical cost-sharing community that
collects money from its members on a regular basis, at levels established
by the arrangement, for purposes of sharing, covering, or defraying the
medical costs of its members. A health-care cost-sharing arrangement is
required to:

  • Report specified information to the commissioner of
insurance (commissioner) regarding its operations,
financial statements, membership, and medical bills
submitted, paid, and denied in Colorado;
  • Provide certain written disclosures to potential and
renewing members, post the disclosures on its website, if
the arrangement has a website, and include the disclosures
in its marketing materials;
  • Provide specified written statements about arrangement
finances and guidelines about arrangement procedures to
members; and
  • Respond to requests for payment of medical expenses from
members or health-care providers within a period specified
by the commissioner by rule.
An insurance broker that offers a health-care cost-sharing
arrangement in this state is required to provide written or electronic
disclosures about the product to prospective members before selling the
arrangement to the person.
The commissioner is authorized to:
  • Adopt rules to implement the data reporting, disclosure,
and response time requirements;
  • Impose fines for failure to comply with the requirements
and prohibitions specified in the bill;
  • Issue an emergency, ex parte cease-and-desist order against
a person the commissioner believes to be violating the bill
if it appears to the commissioner that the alleged conduct
is fraudulent, creates an immediate danger to public safety,
or is causing or is reasonably expected to cause significant,
imminent, and irreparable public injury; and
  • Impose a civil penalty, order restitution, or both, against a
person that violates an ex parte cease-and-desist order.
A person is prohibited from making, issuing, circulating, or
causing to be made, issued, or circulated any statement or publication that
misrepresents the medical cost-sharing benefits, advantages, conditions,
or terms of any health-care cost-sharing arrangement.

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Bill: HB21-1144
Title: Bingo-Raffle Licenses And New Equipment
Bill Subject- Gaming, Lottery, Racing
- Professions & Occupations
DescriptionConcerning the conduct of charitable gaming activity, and, in connection therewith, requiring additional disclosures from license applicants and modernizing the "Bingo and Raffles Law" to accommodate the use of improved electronic aids and devices in the conduct of games of chance.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/25/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Zenzinger (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
House:
K. Van Winkle (R)
K. McCormick (D)
Summary

Sections 3, 4, and 5 of the bill require applicants for

manufacturers', suppliers', and agents' licenses to disclose to the secretary
of state (licensing authority) whether those applicants or any of their
owners, officers, directors, members, or partners have had gaming
licenses suspended or revoked in any other jurisdiction.
Sections 6 and 7 authorize the licensing authority to approve
additional types of equipment that players may use, including certain
electronic devices that reveal the winning or nonwinning status of tickets
in pull tab games, and clarifies that these devices are not defined as slot
machines or other prohibited devices. Section 1 amends existing
definitions accordingly, and section 2 removes a prohibition on the
charging of license fees for the equipment by the licensing authority.

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Bill: HB21-1159
Title: Limitations On Regulated Marijuana Delivery
Bill Subject- Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
DescriptionConcerning limitations on regulated marijuana delivery.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
C. Holbert (R)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
M. Snyder (D)
Summary

Under current law, a retail marijuana store licensee may have a
marijuana delivery permit associated with its store license. The bill
requires the store to be open at least 5 days a week and at least 5 hours a
day to have a delivery permit. The bill limits delivery sales to only retail
marijuana, retail marijuana products, or branded merchandise that is
available for sale from the retail marijuana store and requires the prices
to be the same as the in-store price. The bill prohibits an online platform
from holding pre-paid accounts for a licensed retail marijuana store.

The bill waives the licensing fee for a transporter applicant who is
a social equity licensee.
The bill prohibits a medical or retail marijuana business operator
from engaging in the delivery of regulated marijuana.

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Bill: HB21-1163
Title: Allow Retailers To Absorb Sales Or Use Tax
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning the authority of a retailer to advertise that it will absorb sales or use tax on purchases made by consumers.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/23/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
P. Neville (R)
M. Snyder (D)
Summary

The bill allows a retailer to advertise, directly or indirectly, or
imply, that the retailer will absorb or pay any or all sales or use tax on
purchases of tangible personal property or services sold.

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Bill: HB21-1170
Title: Advisement Committee On Elections And Information Technology
Bill Subject- Elections & Redistricting
DescriptionConcerning the creation of the information technology and infrastructure advisement committee on Colorado elections.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
T. Geitner (R)
Summary

The bill creates the information technology and infrastructure
advisement committee on Colorado elections (committee). The
committee's purpose is to evaluate and make recommendations to the
secretary of state on the following issues:
  • The standards for certification of electronic voting systems;

  • Any issues involving electronic voting systems that have
arisen in the state;
  • The security, reliability, and integrity of electronic voting
systems; and
  • Other information technology issues related to the accuracy
and transparency of electronic voting systems in the state.
The committee is required to submit an initial report by March 1,
2022, and annual follow-up reports with its findings and
recommendations to the secretary of state. The committee is required to
meet at least 2 times each year and is scheduled for sunset review before
September 1, 2025.

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Bill: HB21-1172
Title: Hospital Patient Long-term Care Resident Visit Rights
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
DescriptionConcerning visitation rights at health-care facilities.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/28/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Ginal (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
House:
T. Geitner (R)
Summary

The bill specifies that a patient admitted to a hospital for inpatient
care and a resident of a nursing care facility or assisted living residence
may have at least one visitor of the patient's or resident's choosing during
the stay or residency. A hospital, a nursing care facility, and an assisted
living residence (collectively referred to as health-care facility) must
have written policies and procedures regarding the visitation rights of
patients and residents, including policies and procedures setting forth any
clinically necessary or reasonable restriction or limitation that the

health-care facility may need to place on patient and resident visitation
rights and the reasons for the restriction or limitation.
The bill prohibits a health-care facility from adopting policies or
procedures that prohibit visitation of a patient or resident if the sole
reason for the prohibition is to reduce the risk of transmission of a
pandemic disease, but a health-care facility may impose specified
requirements and limitations for visitors to reduce the risk of transmission
of the pandemic disease.

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Bill: HB21-1175
Title: Donation To Nonprofit For Traffic Violations
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning the ability of a person to resolve a traffic fine by making a donation to a nonprofit entity.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/23/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
D. Williams (R)
Summary

The bill allows a person who has been issued a penalty assessment
for or has been convicted of a traffic infraction or traffic misdemeanor to
make a donation of money or time to a nonprofit organization in lieu of
paying the fine. The amount of fine that may be offset by a donation is
limited to $500.

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Bill: HB21-1176
Title: Election Integrity And Voter Accuracy
Bill Subject- Elections & Redistricting
DescriptionConcerning measures to promote integrity in elections in the state, and, in connection therewith, creating the Colorado bipartisan election commission to make recommendations to the secretary of state and the general assembly on how best to conduct a comprehensive audit of the state's election processes.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/23/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
R. Holtorf (R)
Summary

The bill creates the Colorado bipartisan election commission

(commission) in the department of state, a 5-member panel whose main
function is to make recommendations to the secretary of state (secretary)
and the general assembly concerning the manner in which a
comprehensive audit of the state's election processes is to be conducted.
The bill specifies requirements relating to the qualifications of
persons appointed to the commission and the operation of the
commission. The commission is to determine such matters as the scope
of the audit, the matters to be audited, and the procedures that will guide
the audit.
The bill also requires the commission to consider whether an audit
should consider additional issues specified in the bill.
The commission is required to prepare a report summarizing its
findings and conclusions by December 1, 2021. The report must include
the commission's recommendation on the manner in which a
comprehensive audit of the state's election processes must be conducted.
The commission may also include in its report any recommendations for
changes in the Colorado Revised Statutes or the election rules of the
secretary of state that will facilitate the administration of secure and fair
elections in the state. The commission is required to submit its report to
the secretary, the legislative audit committee, and the general assembly.
The commission is repealed September 1, 2022.

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Bill: HB21-1179
Title: Canadian Domestic Violence Protection Orders
Bill Subject- Courts & Judicial
- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning the creation of the "Uniform Recognition and Enforcement of Canadian Domestic Violence Protection Orders Act".
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/13/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Gardner (R)
House:
M. Duran (D)
J. Rich (R)
Summary

Colorado Commission on Uniform State Laws. The bill enacts
the Uniform Recognition and Enforcement of Canadian Domestic
Violence Protection Orders Act as recommended by the national
conference of commissioners on uniform state laws. The bill allows a
peace officer to enforce a Canadian domestic violence protection order.

The bill allows a court to enter an order enforcing or refusing to enforce
a Canadian domestic violence protection order. The bill provides
immunity for a person who enforces a Canadian domestic violence
protection order.

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Bill: HB21-1182
Title: Missing Child Emergency Electronic Location Info
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning law enforcement's acquisition of location information of a missing child's telecommunications device in an emergency situation.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Cooke (R)
House:
M. Lynch (R)
Summary

The bill requires a supervising representative of a law enforcement
agency to order a designated security employee of a wireless
telecommunications provider to provide the law enforcement agency,
without requiring the agency to obtain a court order, location information
concerning the telecommunications device of a missing child if:

  • An emergency situation exists because the time required to
obtain a search warrant or other court order authorizing the
acquisition of the information would frustrate the timely
and safe recovery of the missing child; and
  • The request for location is made to the law enforcement
agency by the missing child's parent or legal guardian.
However, a law enforcement agency shall not order the location
information if the request is made by a parent or legal guardian who is a
restrained person pursuant to an active protection order that identifies the
missing child as a protected person, or if a law enforcement agency has
an articulable reason to believe there is a custodial issue that has not been
reviewed by a court.

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Bill: HB21-1183
Title: Induced Termination Of Pregnancy State Registrar
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
DescriptionConcerning information regarding induced terminations of pregnancies reported to the state registrar of vital statistics.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
S. Luck (R)
Summary

The bill requires health-care providers that perform induced
terminations of pregnancies to report specified information concerning
the women who obtain the procedure to the state registrar of vital
statistics in the department of public health and environment. The
reported information must not include information that could identify the

women who obtained induced terminations of pregnancies.
The bill requires the state registrar to annually create a summary
report of the information reported by health-care providers and to make
the report available to the public. The bill places limitations on how and
to whom the state registrar may release the information reported to the
state registrar. A physician or physician assistant who falsifies or fails to
submit the required information engages in unprofessional conduct
pursuant to the Colorado Medical Practice Act. An advanced practice
registered nurse who falsifies or fails to submit the required information
is subject to discipline pursuant to the Nurse and Nurse Aide Practice
Act.

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Bill: HB21-1184
Title: Physician Assistant Collaboration And Reimbursement
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
DescriptionConcerning physician assistants, and, in connection therewith, establishing requirements for health benefit plans concerning physician assistants, changing the relationship between a physician and a physician assistant from supervision to collaboration, and establishing collaboration requirements.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
F. Winter (D)
House:
S. Lontine (D)
P. Will (R)
Summary

The bill establishes requirements for health benefit plans related

to health-care services provided by physician assistants and
reimbursement for such services.
The bill also modifies the relationship between a physician
assistant and a physician by removing the supervision requirement and
replacing it with a requirement that a physician assistant collaborate with
a physician. Formal collaboration with a physician is required only for a
physician assistant with fewer than 5,760 hours of practice experience or
who is beginning practice in a new specialty.

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Bill: HB21-1185
Title: Repeal Government Firearms Regulations And Training Class Regulation
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning repealing regulations related to firearms, and, in connection therewith, promoting social distancing in handgun training classes.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/24/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
P. Neville (R)
Summary

Under existing law, during a disaster emergency the governor may
suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation of firearms,
explosives, and combustibles. The bill repeals the governor's authority
related to firearms and clarifies that the governor may not suspend or
limit the sale of firearms ammunition during a disaster emergency.

The bill repeals the prohibition on completing a handgun training
class via the internet or in a location other than the physical location
where the certified instructor offers the course.

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Bill: HB21-1191
Title: Prohibit Discrimination COVID-19 Vaccine Status
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Insurance
- Labor & Employment
DescriptionConcerning the prohibition against discrimination based on the refusal to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
K. Ransom (R)
T. Van Beber (R)
Summary

The bill prohibits an employer, including a licensed health facility,
from taking adverse action against an employee or an applicant for
employment based on the employee's or applicant's COVID-19
immunization status. The bill allows an aggrieved employee or applicant
for employment to file a civil action for injunctive, affirmative, and
equitable relief and, if the employer or health facility acted with malice

or wanton or willful misconduct or has repeatedly violated the law, the
court may also award punitive damages and attorney fees and costs.
Additionally, the bill specifies that the COVID-19 vaccine is not
mandatory, that the state cannot require any individual to obtain a
COVID-19 vaccine, and that government agencies and private businesses,
including health insurers, cannot discriminate against clients, patrons, or
customers based on their COVID-19 vaccination status. A person
aggrieved by a violation of these prohibitions may file a civil action for
injunctive and other appropriate relief and may be awarded punitive
damages and attorney fees and costs for wanton, willful, or repeated
violations.

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Bill: HB21-1192
Title: 529 Plan Education Loan Payment Eligible Distribution
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
- Higher Education
DescriptionConcerning the inclusion of a qualified education loan payment as an eligible distribution from a 529 plan for purposes of the state income tax deduction for contributions to such 529 plans.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/05/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
Summary

Under federal law, money deposited in a qualified tuition program
under section 529 of the internal revenue code (529 plan) grows tax
deferred and is withdrawn tax free when used for eligible expenses. In

addition to the federal tax benefit, the state provides an incentive for the
deposit of money into a 529 plan by offering a state income tax deduction
for contributions to such 529 plans.
In 2019, the federal government included paying principle or
interest on any qualified education loan, up to $10,000 per year, as an
eligible expense.
Current law requires the state income tax deduction to be
recaptured from the taxpayer if a distribution is not used for listed
purposes. The bill specifies that using a 529 plan for paying principle or
interest on any qualified education loan, not to exceed $10,000, is also an
eligible distribution for purposes of the state income tax deduction for
contributions to such 529 plans.
The bill also requires collegeinvest to provide the department of
revenue with a secure electronic report containing information for the 529
plan owners and third-party contributors necessary for the administration
of the income tax deduction.

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Bill: HB21-1197
Title: Income Tax Credit For Income Taxes Paid
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning a temporary income tax credit for state income tax paid for individuals with federal taxable income less than a certain amount.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/16/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House:
D. Woog (R)
Summary
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Bill: HB21-1199
Title: Consumer Digital Repair Bill Of Rights
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
DescriptionConcerning a requirement that a manufacturer of digital electronic equipment facilitate the repair of the equipment by providing persons other than authorized repair providers affiliated with the manufacturer with the resources needed to repair the equipment.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/20/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
B. Titone (D)
S. Woodrow (D)
Summary

Usually, an owner of digital electronic equipment (equipment),
such as cell phones and tablets, must seek diagnostic, maintenance, or

repair services of the equipment from the original equipment
manufacturer (manufacturer) or an authorized repair provider affiliated
with the manufacturer.
The bill requires a manufacturer to provide parts, embedded
software, firmware, tools, or documentation, such as diagnostic,
maintenance, or repair manuals, diagrams, or similar information, to
independent repair providers and owners of the manufacturer's equipment
to allow an independent repair provider or owner to conduct diagnostic,
maintenance, or repair services. A manufacturer's failure to comply with
the requirement is an unfair or deceptive trade practice. Manufacturers
need not divulge any trade secrets to independent repair providers and
owners.
The bill does not apply to motor vehicle manufacturers or dealers
acting in that capacity, powersports vehicle manufacturers or dealers
acting in that capacity, or medical devices; except that the bill does apply
to class 2 powered wheelchairs.
Any contractual provision or other arrangement that a
manufacturer enters into that would remove or limit the manufacturer's
obligation to provide these resources to independent repair providers and
owners is void and unenforceable.

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Bill: HB21-1202
Title: Off-label Use Of Approved Drugs To Treat COVID-19
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
DescriptionConcerning the ability of certain health-care providers to repurpose therapeutic drugs that have been approved by the food and drug administration for another purpose to provide treatment to individuals with COVID-19.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/29/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
S. Luck (R)
Summary

The bill specifies that:
  • A physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice

registered nurse with prescriptive authority may prescribe
and dispense, and a pharmacist may dispense, therapeutic
drugs for off-label use, including hydroxychloroquine
sulfate and ivermectin, to provide prophylaxis or outpatient
(at-home) and inpatient (hospital) treatment to an
individual with COVID-19; and
  • This practice is not unprofessional conduct or otherwise
grounds for discipline.

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Bill: HB21-1203
Title: Detention Facilities Identification Processing Unit
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning the creation of an identification processing unit for detention facilities.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
D. Ortiz (D)
Summary

The bill creates the driver's license and identification card
processing unit (unit) in the department of revenue. The unit processes
and issues a driver's license or identification card to persons who are
eligible for a driver's license or identification card and are scheduled to
be released from the department of corrections or a jail.

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Bill: HB21-1205
Title: Electric Vehicle Road Usage Equalization Fee
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning a road usage equalization fee for plug-in electric motor vehicles.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/28/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
A. Pico (R)
Summary

The bill requires a road usage equalization fee (equalization fee)
to be imposed at the time of annual registration on each plug-in electric
motor vehicle that is required to be registered in the state. The fee is set
in an amount that is estimated to achieve parity between the aggregate
amount of motor vehicle registration fees and motor fuel excise taxes paid
per vehicle by owners of plug-in electric motor vehicles and vehicles

fueled by gasoline, diesel, or other special fuels and is annually adjusted
for inflation.
The executive directors of the department of transportation and the
department of revenue are required to form a joint working group to
develop recommendations as to whether and to what extent the
equalization fee should be adjusted to achieve the goal of maintaining
parity between plug-in electric motor vehicle owners and owners of motor
vehicles that use motor fuel for propulsion with respect to the aggregate
amount in motor vehicle registration fees and motor fuel taxes paid. The
recommendations must include recommendations as to whether the road
equalization fee needs to be adjusted to account for changes to motor fuel
excise tax rates or the imposition of other government charges that are
calculated on the basis of motor fuel consumption, whether the amount
of the fee should be different for personal and commercial vehicles, or
whether the amount of the fee should vary based on specified factors.
After the joint working group reports to the executive directors, the
executive directors or their designees must prepare a written report
regarding the recommendations for presentation to the transportation
legislation review committee during the 2022 legislative interim.
Revenue generated by the fee:
  • Must be credited to the highway users tax fund (HUTF)
and distributed pursuant to the existing second stream
HUTF allocation formula as follows:
  • 60% to the state highway fund;
  • 22% to counties; and
  • 18% to municipalities; and
  • Must be used only for maintenance of existing highways,
streets, and roads.

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Bill: HB21-1210
Title: Modifications To Qualified State Tuition Programs
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning modifications to qualified state tuition programs, and, in connection therewith, creating the foundational learning experience (FLEX) savings program.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/06/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Rankin (R)
House:
C. Larson (R)
Summary

The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which became law in
December 2017, added distributions for elementary or secondary tuition
expenses as qualified distributions from a qualified state tuition program

(529 account), thereby allowing, on the federal level, income tax-free
distributions for elementary and secondary tuition expenses in addition to
already authorized income tax-free distributions for higher education
expenses. Similarly, the federal Setting Every Community Up for
Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019, which became law in December
2019, expands the qualified distributions from a 529 account to include
repayment of qualified education loans and payments for registered
apprenticeships.
The bill creates the foundational learning experience savings
program (FLEX savings program).
The bill also specifies that distributions from FLEX savings
program accounts are not counted as federal or state taxable income and
that contributions to FLEX savings program accounts for qualified
elementary or secondary tuition expenses may not be deducted from state
taxable income.
The accounts created under the FLEX savings program are defined
by the following characteristics:
  • Account owners may only use distributions from the
accounts for qualified elementary or secondary tuition
expenses;
  • Anyone may contribute to the account, irrespective of their
relationship to the account's designated beneficiary;
  • An account owner may transfer money to the FLEX
savings program accounts from a 529 account, if the total
of all amounts transferred does not exceed $10,000 and is
less than or equal to the lowest balance in the 529 account
at any point during the previous 2 years; and
  • Money in the account can be transferred to a different 529
account.
The bill also allows for expenses for fees, books, supplies, and
equipment required for the participation of a designated beneficiary in
certain apprenticeship programs to be treated as qualified higher
education expenses and subtracted from federal taxable income. The bill
clarifies that qualified higher education expenses does not include
repayment of qualified education loans.

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Bill: HB21-1213
Title: Conversion Of Pinnacol Assurance
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.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/20/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
M. 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: HB21-1240
Title: Disclaimers In Communications Independent Expenditures
Bill Subject- Elections & Redistricting
DescriptionConcerning disclaimer requirements for communications paid for with large independent expenditures.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/24/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
M. Baisley (R)
Summary

The bill modifies existing disclaimer statement requirements that
must accompany any communication that is broadcast, printed, mailed,
or delivered; placed on a website, streaming media service, or online
forum for a fee; or that is otherwise distributed, that constitutes an
independent expenditure made in excess of $1,000.
Under current law, the disclaimer statement must identify a natural

person who is the registered agent of the person paying for the
communication if the person paying is not a natural person. The bill
eliminates the requirement that this information be included in the
disclaimer statement and instead requires that the information be provided
to the appropriate officer as part of an existing written notice to be
submitted by the person expending money for the independent
expenditure.
In the case of a nonbroadcast communication, including an online
communication, such as campaign yard signs, campaign poster signs, and
campaign billboard signs, the bill requires the secretary of state, by rule,
to establish size and placement requirements for the disclaimer statement.
The rules must allow a disclaimer statement to be of a sufficient type size
to be clearly readable by the recipient of the communication. In addition,
the rules must also specify that the maximum font size of the disclaimer
must not exceed the requirements applicable to such disclaimers in
campaigns for federal elected office as promulgated by the federal
election commission.

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Bill: HB21-1244
Title: Restrictions On Collection And Use Of Biometric Info
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- Local Government
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning restrictions on the collection and use of biometric information.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
A. Valdez (D)
Summary

The bill prohibits a legal entity that targets products or services to
people in Colorado (covered entity) from collecting, storing, or using
biometric identifiers of a Colorado consumer unless it:
  • Provides the consumer with information about what
biometric identifiers are collected;
  • Obtains the consent of the consumer to the collection,

storage, or use of the biometric identifiers; and
  • Informs the consumer that the consumer can revoke
consent at any time and how to do so.
If a consumer revokes consent to collect, store, or use biometric
identifiers, the covered entity is required to cease collection within 30
days and to delete or destroy any biometric identifiers it has stored. A
violation of the bill's requirements is an unfair or deceptive trade practice.
A governmental entity is prohibited from acquiring, possessing, or
using biometric identifiers or a biometric surveillance system unless
authorized by statute. A governmental entity is prohibited from selling,
releasing, or publicly disclosing biometric identifiers or information from
a biometric surveillance system in its possession and from buying or
otherwise receiving such information from a third party, unless:
  • The sale, disclosure, or receipt of the information is
necessary to comply with a court order or rule or with state
or federal law; or
  • The person who is the subject of the information consents
in writing.
An individual can bring a private right of action against a governmental
entity that violates the bill's requirements. Upon a finding of a violation,
a court can award actual damages, punitive or exemplary damages,
reasonable attorney fees and costs, and other relief.
Biometric identifier is defined to include a retina or iris scan, a
voice print, a face print, a fingerprint or palm print, or any other unique
identifying information based on an individual's immutable
characteristics.

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Bill: HB21-1246
Title: PERA Public Employees' Retirement Association Divestment From Fossil Fuel Companies
Bill Subject- State Government
DescriptionConcerning divestment action by the public employees' retirement association against companies financially involved with fossil fuel companies.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/16/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
House:
E. Sirota (D)
Summary

The public employees' retirement association (PERA) board
(board) is required to create an exclusion list of all fossil fuel companies
in whose stocks, securities, equities, assets, or other obligations PERA
has any money or assets directly invested. The board is required to notify
any company on the list of its inclusion on the list and of the divestment

requirements of the bill. The board is required to periodically update the
exclusion list.
A company that was included on the exclusion list may request
that it be removed from the list on the basis of clear and convincing
evidence that it is not currently a fossil fuel company or that it will no
longer meet such definition by a certain date.
Within 6 months from the completion of the exclusion list, the
board is required to issue a determination as to whether divestment from
the companies on the exclusion list complies with the board's fiduciary
obligations. If the board determines that divestment from any company
on the exclusion list does not comply with its fiduciary obligations, the
board will remove the company from the exclusion list.
Beginning one year after the effective date of the bill, the board is
required to:
  • Divest the funds managed by PERA (fund) of any stocks,
securities, equities, assets, or other obligations of
companies on the exclusion list in which any money or
assets of the fund are directly invested; and
  • Cease new direct investments of any money or assets of the
fund in any stocks, securities, or other obligations of any
company that is a fossil fuel company.
The board is required to complete divestment from fossil fuel
companies by a specified date.
Beginning one year after the effective date of the bill, the board is
required to endeavor to ensure that no money or assets of the fund are
invested in an indirect investment vehicle unless the board is satisfied that
such indirect investment vehicle is unlikely to have in excess of 2% of its
assets directly or indirectly invested in fossil fuel companies.
The board is required to issue periodic reports to the members of
the pension review commission of the general assembly outlining all
actions taken to comply with the requirements of the bill.

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Bill: HB21-1252
Title: Parker Election Inclusion Or Exclusion From RTD Regional Transportation District
Bill Subject- Local Government
- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning the ability of voters in the town of Parker in Douglas county to determine whether to be included in the boundaries of the regional transportation district.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/28/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
K. Ransom (R)
Summary

The bill allows eligible electors in the town of Parker to elect to
have all of the area within the boundaries of the town included in or
excluded from the boundaries of the regional transportation district

(district). The bill requires that for the election to go forward, 2 separate
ballot questions must be presented to the electors, one regarding the
town's inclusion in and one regarding the town's exclusion from each
special district.
The ballot questions may be initiated by petitions signed by at least
5% of the voters, or the governing body may adopt resolutions to hold
elections on the ballot questions. The ballot must include one question
allowing the voters to vote for or against the inclusion of the proposed
area in the district, and one question allowing voters to vote for or against
the exclusion of the proposed area from the district.
If one question is approved by a majority of the eligible electors
and the other question is not approved by a majority of eligible electors,
the question that was approved takes effect. If both questions are
approved by a majority of the eligible electors, only the question that
received the greater number of votes in favor of the question takes effect.
If neither question is approved by a majority of eligible electors, neither
question takes effect and the boundaries of the district remain as they
were before the election.
If the voters elect to be excluded from the district, the exclusion
takes effect on the earlier of December 31, 2050, or the date on which any
district securities that were secured by the specific pledge of proceeds of
sales taxes prior to January 1, 2021, are repaid. The district may continue
to collect sales and use tax revenues within the boundaries of the district
after the voters elect to be excluded and prior to the effective date of the
exclusion, so long as the district provides a reasonably proportionate level
of service to the town of Parker during that time.

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Bill: HB21-1264
Title: Funds Workforce Development Increase Worker Skills
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.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/04/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Hisey (R)
C. Kolker (D)
House:
T. 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: HB21-1282
Title: Add Consumer Protections Regulation Mortgage Servicers
Bill Subject- Financial Services & Commerce
DescriptionConcerning additional consumer protections resulting from the regulation of mortgage servicers, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/26/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
M. Weissman (D)
Summary

The bill subjects mortgage servicers to regulation by an assistant
attorney general, including the requirements of notification, record
keeping, reporting, examinations, inspections, and enforcement. A
violation of the requirements is an unfair or deceptive trade practice.

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Bill: HB21-1295
Title: Rebuttable Presumption In Charter School Appeals
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning creation of a rebuttable presumption in favor of a charter school authorizer's decisions concerning a charter school.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/25/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
T. Story (D)
House:
J. Bacon (D)
Summary

Under current law, an entity may appeal a decision by a school
district board of education (local board) concerning a charter school to the
state board of education (state board). The state board reviews the
decision to determine whether it was contrary to the best interests of the
students, school district, or community.

The bill creates a rebuttable presumption that a local board's
decision was in the best interests of the students, school district, or
community if the decision was based on at least one of several specified
considerations. A person bringing an appeal may overcome the
presumption by a preponderance of the evidence demonstrating that the
decision was not based on at least one of those considerations.

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Bill: HB21-1308
Title: Property Tax Administrative Procedures
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
- Local Government
DescriptionConcerning the administrative procedures related to property taxation, and, in connection therewith, increasing public participation related to modifications of the property tax manuals, requiring a notice of valuation to include a range of possible property tax values, requiring the assessor to correct systematic errors, and extending the deadlines for taxpayers to protest and appeal valuations of real and personal property.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/16/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Priola (R)
D. Moreno (D)
House:
M. Gray (D)
C. Larson (R)
Summary

The property tax administrator is required by law to prepare and
publish manuals, appraisal procedures, instructions, and guidelines
(property tax materials) concerning the administration of the property tax.
Beginning January 1, 2022, section 1 of the bill requires the administrator
to conduct a public hearing on a proposed change to the property tax
materials prior to submitting the proposed change to the advisory
committee to the property tax administrator (advisory committee). The
administrator must publish notice of the hearing and mail notice to those
people who so request. At the hearing, interested persons may submit
information and the administrator is required to consider these
submissions. Any interested person may also petition the administrator for
the issuance, amendment, or repeal of any property tax material.
At least 2 weeks prior to the advisory committee reviewing a
proposed change to the property tax materials, section 2 requires the
property tax administrator to publish notice about the proposed change.
Under current law, an assessor may, with the permission of the
board of county commissioners, include an estimate of property taxes
owed in a notice of valuation. Section 3 requires an assessor to include
this estimate and allows the assessor to include a range of values.
If in the consideration of a protest an assessor finds that he or she
made a systematic error and the valuations of other similar properties are
incorrect, section 4 requires the assessor to correct the error for the other
similar properties.
Sections 4 through 9 extend all deadlines related to protests of the
valuation of real or personal property and for appeals to the county board
of equalization to the same day of the following month. The deadline for
a county assessor to report the total valuation for assessment of land and
improvements within a county is likewise delayed.

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Bill: HB21-HCR1001
Title: Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption Eligibility
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
- Military & Veterans
DescriptionSubmitting to the registered electors of the state of Colorado an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning the expansion of eligibility for the property tax exemption for veterans with a disability to allow veterans with a disability that has been rated as at least a fifty percent permanent disability to claim the exemption.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/12/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:

House:
S. Sandridge (R)
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 concurrent
resolution expands eligibility for the exemption to allow veterans with a
disability that has been rated as at least a 50% permanent disability to
claim the exemption.

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Bill: HB21-HCR1002
Title: Extend Homestead Exemption To Gold Star Spouses
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
- Military & Veterans
DescriptionSubmitting to the registered electors of the state of Colorado an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning the extension of the property tax exemption for qualifying seniors and disabled veterans to the gold star spouses of deceased members of the United States armed forces.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/12/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lundeen (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House:
C. Kennedy (D)
T. Geitner (R)
Summary

The Colorado constitution allows a qualifying senior or 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 qualifying senior's or veteran's owner-occupied
primary residence. The concurrent resolution extends eligibility for the
exemption to the gold star spouse of a veteran. Gold star spouse is
defined as the spouse of a deceased member of the United States armed
forces who qualifies for a gold star lapel button due to the death of the
member of the United States armed forces under applicable federal law
and regulations prescribed by the federal secretary of defense.

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Bill: SB21-005
Title: Business Exempt From Public Health Order To Close
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
DescriptionConcerning exemptions from orders requiring businesses to close.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/16/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Woodward (R)
House:
C. Larson (R)
Summary

The bill exempts a business from a public health agency order or
executive order requiring businesses to close if:
  • The products sold or services offered by the business are
also available at a business that has not been required by
the applicable order to cease or limit operations and the
open business is operating at a physical location in the

geographical area that is subject to the order; and
  • The business that is required by the applicable order to
limit or cease operations complies with any safety
precautions that the order requires of businesses that are
permitted to continue operations.

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Bill: SB21-007
Title: Improve Public Confidence Election Validity
Bill Subject- Elections & Redistricting
DescriptionConcerning measures to promote public confidence in the validity of elections.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/10/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lundeen (R)
House:
Summary

Commencing with the 2022 general election, and subject to an
elector's choice to receive and cast all ballots by mail, the bill requires
that all registered electors cast their ballot in person for each general
election at a polling location within the county of the elector's residence.
The number and siting of polling locations within a county must be
designated by the county clerk and recorder.

Under the bill, voting in person is limited to a 7-day period
commencing 6 days before and culminating the day of the election.
During this one-week period, polling locations must remain open for
voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day during the week. A registered
elector may cast a ballot in person at any time during which polling
locations are open during the one-week period.
Each county clerk and recorder shall institute procedures by which
a registered elector may choose to vote by mail ballot by affirmatively
requesting that the elector would like to receive and cast a ballot by mail
for all forthcoming general elections.
The bill requires all ballots to be counted not later than the day of
the election. A ballot is not counted if it is received by a county clerk and
recorder after the polls have closed on election day. No preliminary
results of any race contested in the election may be disclosed by the
county clerk and recorder prior to the dissemination of the final results of
a race on or after election day.

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Bill: SB21-010
Title: Colorado Ballot Signature Verification Act
Bill Subject- Elections & Redistricting
DescriptionConcerning additional security for returned ballots for which an elector's self-affirmation is witnessed by another registered elector.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Woodward (R)
House:
Summary

Under current law, if an eligible elector is unable to sign a mail
ballot issued to the elector, the elector may provide the self-affirmation
required to cast the ballot by making a mark on the self-affirmation, with
or without assistance, witnessed by another registered elector (witness).
The bill requires the envelope used for the ballot's return to show a place

for the witness to list the witness's voter identification number, and the
witness is required to write the witness's voter identification number on
the return envelope. The county clerk is required to verify the witness's
signature. A witness must be registered in the same county in which the
elector completing the self-affirmation is registered. A returned ballot for
which an elector's self-affirmation has been witnessed in a manner that
does not satisfy the requirements of the bill will be treated as a
provisional ballot.

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Bill: SB21-014
Title: Allocation Formula Colorado Child Care Program
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning changes to allocation formulas for the Colorado child care assistance program.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/28/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House:
Summary

The bill allows the state department of human services (state
department), along with the child care allocation workgroup, to consider
a utilization factor. This utilization factor would enable the state
department to consider the volume of the eligible population and the
service delivery cost to each county department of human or social
services (county department) when allocating and distributing money for

the Colorado child care assistance program (CCCAP). The bill further
allows a county department to set its own eligibility levels for CCCAP,
expressed as a percentage of the federal poverty level.

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Bill: SB21-023
Title: Restrict Nondisclosure Agreements State Government
Bill Subject- State Government
DescriptionConcerning restrictions on nondisclosure agreements affecting state government employees.
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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House:
Summary

The bill prohibits the state and any of its departments, institutions,
or agencies (state) from making it a condition of employment that an
employee or a prospective employee execute a contract or other form of
agreement that prohibits, prevents, or otherwise restricts the employee or
prospective employee from disclosing factual circumstances concerning
the individual's employment with the state (nondisclosure agreement)

except where the nondisclosure agreement is necessary to prevent
disclosure of:
  • Factual circumstances relating to the employment that
reasonably implicate privacy interests held by the employee
who is a party to the agreement; and
  • Matters required to be kept confidential by federal law or
rules or by state statute or matters bearing on the
specialized details of security arrangements or
investigations.
The bill prohibits nondisclosure agreements that prohibit state
employees from disclosing factual circumstances concerning their
employment. To the extent that an employer includes any such provision
in any employment contract or agreement, the provision is deemed against
public policy and unenforceable against a current or former employee
who is a party to the contract or agreement except where the provision is
intended to prevent disclosure of factual circumstances implicating the
employee's privacy interests or matters required to be kept confidential
under federal or state law or matters bearing on the specialized details of
security arrangements or investigations.
The bill prohibits the state from taking any retaliatory action
against an individual on the grounds that the individual does not enter into
a contract or agreement deemed to be against public policy and
unenforceable under the bill. Any person who enforces or attempts to
enforce a provision deemed against public policy and unenforceable
under the bill is liable for the employee's reasonable attorney fees and
costs in defending against the action.

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Bill: SB21-028
Title: Promulgation Of Public Health Rules And Orders
Bill Subject- Public Health
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning compliance with the "State Administrative Procedure Act" by certain state entities in the promulgation of legal standards affecting public health.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/28/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House:
Summary

The bill clarifies that, whenever the state board of health or the
Colorado department of public health and environment promulgates a
rule, it shall do so by complying with the State Administrative Procedure

Act.
The bill also prohibits the state board of health and the Colorado
department of public health and environment from issuing an order that
has the general applicability of a rule unless the state board of health or
the Colorado department of public health and environment issues the
order in accordance with the requirements for promulgating a rule, as set
forth in the State Administrative Procedure Act.

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Bill: SB21-031
Title: Limits On Governmental Responses To Protests
Bill Subject- Local Government
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning limits on governmental actions related to lawful protests.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/16/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Bridges (D)
House:
L. Cutter (D)
Summary

The bill prohibits a state, county, or local government agency, or
any person acting on behalf of the state, county, or local government
agency, from ordering persons participating in a protest or demonstration
(protest) to disperse, or from deeming the protest unlawful, unless the
persons participating in the protest are acting in concert to pose an
imminent threat to use force or violence to cause personal injury or

significant property damage.

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Bill: SB21-033
Title: Conservation Easement Working Group Proposals
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning the adoption of statutory changes related to conservation easements that were recommended by the conservation easement working group convened in accordance with House Bill 19-1264, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/19/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Sonnenberg (R)
F. Winter (D)
House:
D. Roberts (D)
P. Will (R)
Summary

A working group was convened over the 2019 interim pursuant to
House Bill 19-1264 to develop proposed statutes to address certain issues
affecting the creation, valuation, tax treatment, and stewardship of

conservation easements in the state. The bill implements the
recommendations of the working group by creating a new state income
tax credit (new credit) for certain taxpayers who were denied state income
tax credits for conservation easements donated between 2000 and 2013
(original credit) if the federal internal revenue service allowed a federal
income tax deduction for the same donation. The amount of the new
credit is based upon the amount of the original credit that could have been
claimed at the time of the original donation based upon the value of the
donation accepted by the internal revenue service. The amount of the new
credit is reduced by any amount that was allowed to be claimed against
Colorado income tax or otherwise reinstated to the claimant of the
original credit. The new credit is not refundable but may be carried
forward or transferred in the same manner as original credits. New credits
allowed count against a portion of the existing cap on the total amount of
original conservation easement credits that may be claimed each year. The
department of revenue is required to make information about the new
credit available online.
The bill establishes a process for applying to the division of
conservation to claim the new credit. If the original credit that was denied
was transferred to another taxpayer as transferee, the bill provides a
process for all parties to the transaction to submit a mutual application to
claim the new credit or, if there is objection, an ombudsman process to
resolve disputes about the distribution of the credit.

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Bill: SB21-034
Title: Water Resource Financing Enterprise
Bill Subject- Water
DescriptionConcerning the creation of an enterprise that is exempt from the requirements of section 20 of article X of the state constitution to administer a fee-based water resources financing program.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/28/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
House:
Summary

The bill creates the water resources financing enterprise
(enterprise). The board of the enterprise (board) consists of the board of
directors of the Colorado water resources and power development

authority and the board members of the Colorado water conservation
board. The enterprise will provide financing to water providers, defined
to include drinking water suppliers, wastewater treatment suppliers, and
raw water suppliers. Raw water suppliers are limited to those that provide
raw water for treatment and use as drinking water.
Customers of a drinking water supplier will pay a fee to the
supplier, who will transmit it to the enterprise to be used for the
financing. The fee for each individual metered connection in a drinking
water supplier's public water system is 25 cents per 1,000 gallons of
drinking water delivered per month in excess of the first 4,000 gallons of
drinking water delivered in that month to the individual metered
connection. The board may adjust the fee based on inflation and equity
concerns for large nonresidential customers and customers who pay tiered
rates that start higher than 4,000 gallons per month.
The enterprise can provide financing for grants, loans, and in-kind
technical assistance in arranging third-party financing. In determining
whether to provide financing, the board shall consider the following
factors:
  • A water provider's ability to pay, including whether the
water provider has sought or received other financial
assistance;
  • Whether a water provider has been found to be
noncompliant with requirements, or is subject to increased
requirements, related to the provision of raw water,
drinking water, or wastewater treatment;
  • Whether the proposed use of financing relates to a project
identified in and in furtherance of the state water plan; and
  • The geographic location and demographic characteristics
of the water provider and its customers.
The enterprise shall provide, and a water provider may use, the
financing only:
  • In connection with the provision of raw water, drinking
water, or wastewater treatment; and
  • For feasibility studies, consulting, planning, permitting, and
construction of infrastructure and water conservation
projects and related recreational, hydroelectric, and flood
control facilities, including necessary enlargement and
rehabilitation of facilities but excluding maintenance and
operation of facilities.

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Bill: SB21-036
Title: Additional Requirements Issue Emergency Public Health Order
Bill Subject- State Government
DescriptionConcerning additional procedural requirements for the issuance of emergency public health orders.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Gardner (R)
House:
Summary

The bill requires that a state agency, in issuing an emergency
public health order, comply with the procedural requirements set forth in
the State Administrative Procedure Act (APA) that apply to emergency
rules. To extend an emergency public health order beyond the 120-day
limit that applies to emergency rules, the agency must comply with the
rule-making procedures regarding notice and a hearing, as set forth in the

APA.

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Bill: SB21-037
Title: Student Equity Education Funding Programs
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning financial support for parents to provide educational assistance for students who are subject to required periods of remote learning during a school year, and, in connection therewith, requiring certain education providers to operate student equity education funding programs.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/19/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lundeen (R)
House:
Summary

The bill requires each school district and institute charter school

that is closed to in-person instruction for a total of 30 or more school days
during a school year (education provider) to establish and operate a
student equity education funding program (program) for the next school
year, which provides money to parents of eligible students for the
purchase of educational services and supplies for the eligible student. An
eligible student who participates in a program is deemed to be enrolled by
the education provider that operates the program, although the eligible
student may not receive educational services from the education provider.
The eligible student's participation in educational services purchased
using money from the program is deemed to meet the compulsory
education requirements.
The education provider must provide information to the public
concerning the program it operates, including the manner in which a
parent may apply to participate in the program. The bill establishes
eligibility requirements that a student must meet to participate in a
program and requirements for program applications.
For each eligible student who participates in a program, the
student's parent receives an amount equal to the state share of the
education provider's per pupil revenue for the applicable school year. The
parent must report to the education provider how the parent spends the
money received and provide receipts. The education provider is required
to audit a representative sample of the parents of eligible students who
participate in the education provider's program to ensure that the eligible
students met the eligibility requirements and the parents used the money
for authorized purposes.

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Bill: SB21-061
Title: Claims For Economic Damages Incurred By Minors
Bill Subject- Civil Law
- Courts & Judicial
DescriptionConcerning claims for pre-majority economic loss incurred by a minor.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/01/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
T. Story (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
S. Woodrow (D)
L. Daugherty (D)
Summary

Colorado courts follow the common law rule that, generally, only
a parent or guardian has the right to claim pre-majority economic
damages of a minor for which another person is liable. The bill abolishes
the common law rule and permits a minor to bring a claim to recover
damages for the minor's pre-majority economic loss. A minor or a parent
may not be awarded damages for any economic loss that have been

awarded to another person.
Under existing law, the statute of limitations for civil claims
against health care institutions and health care professionals is 2 years,
with certain exceptions. The exceptions to the 2-year limitation include
claims brought by or on behalf of a minor who is under 8 years old and
claims brought by or on behalf of a person under disability. The bill
makes any exemption to the 2-year limitation that would apply to a
minor's claim also apply to a claim brought by a person entitled or
required to bring a claim to recover damages for a minor's pre-majority
economic loss.

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Bill: SB21-062
Title: Jail Population Management Tools
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning measures to reduce jail populations.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/24/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lee (D)
House:
A. Benavidez (D)
Summary

The bill gives a peace officer the authority to issue a summons and
complaint for any offense committed in the officer's presence, or if not
committed in the officer's presence, for any offense that the officer has
probable cause to believe was committed and probable cause to believe
was committed by the person charged, unless arrest is statutorily required
or the offense is a crime of violence.
The bill prohibits a peace officer from arresting a person based
solely on the alleged commission of a traffic offense; petty offense;

municipal offense; misdemeanor offense; a class 4, 5, or 6 felony; or a
level 3 or 4 drug felony unless:
  • A custodial arrest is statutorily required;
  • The officer is unable to sufficiently verify the individual's
identity absent a custodial arrest;
  • The person was convicted for a violation of section
42-4-1301, Colorado Revised Statutes, in the previous 12
months; or
  • The offense is a felony or a victims' rights crime, the
offense includes an element of illegal possession or use of
firearm, the offense constitutes unlawful sexual behavior,
or the offense is a violation a temporary or regular extreme
risk protection order, a violation of a credible threat to a
school, or a violation of eluding in a vehicle and:
  • The arresting officer records in the arrest documents
a reasonable suspicion to conclude the person poses
a threat to the safety of another, absent custodial
arrest; or
  • The arresting officer records in the arrest documents
a reasonable suspicion to conclude the person has
indicated a clear unwillingness to cease and desist in
criminal behavior, absent custodial arrest.
The bill prohibits a court from issuing a monetary bond for a
misdemeanor offense; municipal offense; class 4, 5, or 6 felony; or level
3 or 4 drug felony unless the court finds the defendant will flee
prosecution or threaten the safety of another and no other condition of
release can reasonably mitigate the risk. The bill requires the court to
issue a personal recognizance bond when the defendant fails to appear
unless the defendant has failed to appear 3 or more times in the case. The
bill requires the court to issue a personal recognizance bond in a failure
to comply with conditions probation hearing unless it is based on a
commission of a new crime.
The bill authorizes sheriffs to actively manage their jail
populations in order to keep the population as low as possible while
maintaining community safety, including the authority to establish jail
admission standards that include offense-based admission standards that
limit jail admissions.

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Bill: SB21-074
Title: Expunge Nonviolent Convictions After Three Years
Bill Subject- Courts & Judicial
DescriptionConcerning expungement of conviction records for nonviolent offenses.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/23/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Coleman (D)
House:
Summary

The bill creates a process to automatically expunge petty offenses
a year after completion of the sentence, nonviolent misdemeanors 3 years
after the completion of the sentence, and nonviolent felonies 5 years after
the completion of the sentence. The bill creates a list of convictions for
which automatic expungement is not permitted. The bill requires the state
court administrator (administrator) to compile a list of convictions that are

eligible for expungement. After the administrator compiles the list, the
administrator sends the list to the Colorado bureau of investigation
(bureau) for review, and the bureau removes from the list any convictions
in which the identity of the defendant is unverifiable or in which the
defendant had another conviction during the waiting period. The bureau
sends its amended list to each district attorney in the state, and the district
attorney removes any convictions in which the defendant has a pending
criminal charge. Each district attorney sends its amended list to the
administrator. The administrator compiles all of the lists into one final list
and sorts the convictions by judicial district.
If the chief judge of a judicial district authorizes the administrator
to issue expungement orders, the administrator shall issue expungement
orders based on the final list. If the chief judge of a judicial district does
not authorize the administrator to issue expungement orders, the
administrator shall send the final list to the chief judge of the judicial
district, and the courts of that judicial district shall enter expungement
orders based on the final list received.
The administrator shall develop a website that allows a defendant
to confidentially determine whether the defendant's conviction has been
expunged and provides information about how to receive a copy of the
expungement order.

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Bill: SB21-080
Title: Protections For Entities During COVID-19
Bill Subject- Civil Law
DescriptionConcerning protections for entities that comply with public health guidelines related to COVID-19.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/16/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Woodward (R)
House:
S. 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: SB21-085
Title: Actuarial Review Health Insurance Mandate Legislation
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Higher Education
DescriptionConcerning actuarial reviews of proposed legislation that may impose a new health benefit mandate on health benefit plans.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/29/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Ginal (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
House:
S. Lontine (D)
Summary

The bill requires the division of insurance (division) to retain a
contractor on or before November 1, 2021, for the purpose of performing
actuarial reviews of proposed legislation that may impose a new health
benefit mandate on health benefit plans. The contractor, under the
direction of the division, shall conduct an actuarial review of up to 5

legislative proposals for each regular legislative session, each at the
request of a member of the general assembly. Each actuarial review
performed by the contractor must consider the predicted effects of the
legislative proposal during the 5 years immediately following the
effective date of the proposed legislation, including specifically described
considerations.
In preparing a fiscal note for any legislative proposal that may
impose a new health benefit mandate on health benefit plans, the
legislative service agency charged with preparing the fiscal note shall
either:
  • Include in the fiscal note information that is produced by
the contractor in review of the legislative proposal; or
  • If no information is produced by the contractor in review of
the legislative proposal, indicate such fact in the fiscal note.

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Bill: SB21-086
Title: Beer Delivery By Third-party Services
Bill Subject- Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
DescriptionConcerning the ability of certain alcohol beverage retailers to use a third-party delivery service instead of their employees to deliver alcohol beverages to their customers for consumption off the licensed premises.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/16/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
L. Liston (R)
House:
T. Geitner (R)
Summary

The bill permits a fermented malt beverage retailer that is licensed
to sell fermented malt beverages for off-premises consumption and that

has licensed premises comprising less than 7,500 square feet to use a
third-party delivery service, instead of its own employees and vehicles,
to deliver fermented malt beverages to its customers.

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Bill: SB21-089
Title: Cancer Screening Services Through Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Insurance
DescriptionConcerning the expansion of breast cancer screening services provided through the department of public health and environment to include screening of other types of cancer.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/11/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Buckner (D)
House:
Summary

Current law appropriates $5 million annually from the tobacco tax
cash fund to the department of public health and environment
(department) for breast and cervical cancer screenings. The bill expands

the use of the funds for additional cancer screenings. The bill changes the
name of the breast cancer screening fund to the cancer screening fund and
authorizes the money in the fund to be used for breast and cervical cancer
screenings, colorectal cancer screenings, and screenings for additional
screenable cancers.
The bill changes the makeup of the existing advisory board from
persons interested in health care and the promotion of breast cancer
screenings to include persons who are interested in health care and the
promotion of services for other screenable cancers. When making
recommendations to the executive director of the department concerning
cancer screening services, the bill requires the advisory board to allocate,
at a minimum, $2.5 million annually for breast and cervical cancer
screenings, $1 million annually for colorectal cancer screenings, and, if
feasible, money for screenings for additional screenable cancers.

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Bill: SB21-105
Title: Implement And Finance Gray Wolf Reintroduction
Bill Subject- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning the implementation of proposition 114 concerning the restoration of gray wolves in Colorado.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/29/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
House:
P. Will (R)
Summary

At the November 2020 general election, the voters approved
proposition 114, which:
  • Approved the reintroduction of gray wolves on designated
lands in Colorado west of the continental divide beginning
no later than December 31, 2023; and

  • Acknowledged that the general assembly may adopt
implementing legislation to facilitate the restoration of gray
wolves to Colorado.
The bill:
  • Specifies the process that the parks and wildlife
commission (commission) must follow in soliciting and
considering public input regarding a draft of the gray wolf
reintroduction and management plan, including when the
commission periodically updates the plan;
  • Requires the commission to submit:
  • To the general assembly the plan and specified
recommendations regarding how to finance the
reintroduction and management of gray wolves; and
  • A request to the United States fish and wildlife
service to conduct an environmental impact analysis
pursuant to the federal National Environmental
Policy Act of 1969 before the reintroduction of
gray wolves on designated lands that are owned and
managed by the United States; and
  • Requires the commission to initiate the process to remove
the gray wolf from the state list of endangered or
threatened species as soon as any litigation contesting the
validity of the federal delisting of gray wolves has been
finally resolved.

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Bill: SB21-114
Title: Minimum Setback New Schools From Existing Oil And Gas
Bill Subject- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning the establishment of a minimum setback requirement from existing oil and gas facilities for new public school building sites.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/23/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House:
Summary

The bill requires that proposed public school building sites be set
back from existing oil and gas facilities a distance that is no less than:
  • The setback distance required by the local government
having land use jurisdiction over the site for locating new
oil and gas facilities from public school properties; or

  • If there are no local government setback requirements, the
setback distance required by the oil and gas conservation
commission for siting new oil and gas facilities from
existing public school properties.

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Bill: SB21-120
Title: Open Caption Requirement For Movie Theaters
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning providing open captioning in movie theaters.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/12/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Ginal (D)
J. Danielson (D)
House:
M. Froelich (D)
D. Ortiz (D)
Summary

The bill requires a person who owns, leases, leases to, or operates
a movie theater open to the public in Colorado to provide, on or before
January 1, 2022, and ongoing thereafter, open captioning at all indoor and
outdoor movie showings of each movie that is produced and offered with
open movie captioning, including trailers.

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Bill: SB21-125
Title: Alternate Proposals Air Quality Control Rulemaking
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning the submission of alternate proposals to rules being considered by the air quality control commission.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (10/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Cooke (R)
House:
Summary

Current law requires the air quality control commission
(commission) to give at least 60 days' notice before the hearing when
promulgating certain rules that set air quality standards. The bill clarifies
that the commission may give an earlier notice and requires the notice to
include a description of the classes of persons and entities that will be

affected by the proposed rule.
Current law authorizes people to submit alternate proposals to the
commission's rules that set air quality standards. The bill requires the
commission to promulgate rules concerning alternate proposals that:
  • Establish a deadline for submitting these proposals, but the
deadline can be no later than the deadline for party
statements;
  • Govern the submission of proposals;
  • Establish procedures for assigning a hearing officer to
make the determination whether the proposal complies with
the requirements;
  • Ensure that any party to the hearing is afforded sufficient
time before the hearing to consider proposals and file with
the commission a written response to the proposal.
The commission is prohibited from considering an alternate
proposal at the hearing unless the proposal:
  • Complies with the bill, as determined by a hearing officer;
and
  • Includes:
  • An initial economic impact analysis;
  • A description of the classes of persons that will be
affected; and
  • A statement as to whether the proposal was
developed in consultation with those persons or why
consultation with those persons was not conducted.
No later than 10 days after receiving an alternate proposal, a
hearing officer must:
  • Determine whether the proposal complies with the bill; and
  • Provide notice of the determinations to all persons that
have filed with the commission a written request to receive
the notices.
The bill requires the proponents of an alternate proposal to provide
to the commission a final economic impact analysis.

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Bill: SB21-127
Title: Department Of Regulatory Agencies Regulator Authority During Declared Emergency
Bill Subject- Professions & Occupations
DescriptionConcerning the authority of a regulator of health care professionals during a disaster emergency declared by the governor.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Ginal (D)
House:
K. Mullica (D)
Summary

The bill authorizes the director of the division of professions and
occupations or the applicable regulatory board in the department of
regulatory agencies (regulator) to suspend or waive statutes or rules
governing a health care profession or occupation over which a regulator
has authority during a disaster emergency declared by the governor. The

suspension or waiver of a statute or rule is limited to those in which strict
compliance would prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping
with or responding to the disaster emergency and may not suspend,
waive, or modify any supervisory requirements.
The bill allows a regulator to promulgate emergency rules
commensurate with the nature of the disaster emergency and within the
limits of the declaration and the applicable practice act for a health care
profession or occupation. The emergency rules automatically expire 60
days after the termination of the declared disaster emergency.

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Bill: SB21-132
Title: Digital Communications Regulation
Bill Subject- Professions & Occupations
- Telecommunications & Information Technology
DescriptionConcerning a study of consumer protection regulation of digital communications platforms.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Donovan (D)
House:
B. Titone (D)
Summary

The bill creates the digital communications division (division) and
the digital communications commission (commission) within the
department of regulatory agencies. On an annual basis and for a

reasonable fee determined by the commission, the division shall register
digital communications platforms, which are certain
communications-oriented online businesses, such as social media
platforms or media-sharing platforms, that conduct business in Colorado
or own or operate services that are offered to Colorado residents. A
digital communications platform that fails to register with the division
commits a class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 for
each day that the violation continues.
The division shall investigate and the commission may hold
hearings on claims filed with the division alleging that a digital
communications platform has allowed a person to engage in one or more
unfair or discriminatory digital communications practices on the platform,
which practices:
  • Include practices that promote hate speech; undermine
election integrity; disseminate intentional disinformation,
conspiracy theories, or fake news; or authorize, encourage,
or carry out violations of users' privacy; and
  • May include business, political, or social practices that are
conducted in a manner that a person aggrieved by the
practices can demonstrate are unfair or discriminatory to
the aggrieved person. Such practices, if done in an unfair
or discriminatory manner, might include:
  • Practices that target users for purposes of collecting
and disseminating users' personal data, including
users' sensitive data;
  • Profiling users based on their personal data
collected;
  • Selling or authorizing others to use users' personal
data to provide location-based advertising or
targeted advertising; or
  • Using facial recognition software and other tracking
technology.
If a person who files a complaint with the division exhausts all
administrative remedies and proceedings, the person may file a civil
action in district court alleging an unfair or discriminatory digital
communications practice.

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Bill: SB21-134
Title: Retail Liquor Stores Additional Licenses
Bill Subject- Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
DescriptionConcerning the ability of a retail liquor store licensee to obtain additional retail liquor store licenses.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lundeen (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House:
M. Gray (D)
C. Larson (R)
Summary

Under current law, a retail liquor store licensee that was licensed
on or before January 1, 2016, and is a Colorado resident is permitted to
obtain one additional retail liquor store license on or after January 1,
2017; 2 additional retail liquor store licenses on or after January 1, 2022;
and 3 additional retail liquor store licenses on or after January 1, 2027.
The bill modifies the provisions governing the ability of a retail

liquor store to obtain additional retail liquor store licenses as follows:
  • Retains the ability of a retail liquor store owner that applied
for a license on or before January 1, 2016, to obtain one
additional retail liquor store license on or after January 1,
2017, but removes the requirement that the licensee be a
Colorado resident;
  • On or after the effective date of the bill, mirrors the
multiple license provisions applicable to liquor-licensed
drugstore licenses by allowing a retail liquor store owner to
obtain: A maximum of 5 total retail liquor store licenses
between the effective date of the bill and December 31,
2021; a maximum of 8 total retail liquor store licenses
between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2026; a
maximum of 13 total retail liquor store licenses between
January 1, 2027, and December 31, 2031; a maximum of
20 total retail liquor store licenses between January 1,
2032, and December 31, 2036; and an unlimited number of
retail liquor store licenses on or after January 1, 2037; and
  • For additional licenses obtained on or after the effective
date of the bill, requires a person seeking additional
licenses to apply to transfer ownership of, change location
of, and merge at least 2 retail liquor store licenses located
within the same local licensing authority jurisdiction as the
applicant's premises into a single retail liquor store license.
Additionally, the bill prohibits a retail liquor store from allowing
customers to use a self-checkout to complete an alcohol beverage
purchase and requires a retail liquor store to:
  • Verify the age of a customer attempting to purchase an
alcohol beverage by examining the customer's valid
identification; and
  • Maintain certification as a responsible alcohol beverage
vendor.
The bill sets state and local application fees for a retail liquor store
licensee applying for a transfer of ownership, change of location, and
merger of 2 retail liquor store licenses.

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Bill: SB21-140
Title: Child Abuse Reporting Information Concerning Child
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning a process to provide information about a child that may be relevant to a report of suspected child abuse and neglect.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/28/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Sonnenberg (R)
House:
R. Holtorf (R)
Summary

The bill requires, whenever possible, that a report of known or
suspected child abuse or neglect made by a public school official or
employee includes information as to whether the child who is the subject
of the report has an individualized education program (IEP), as defined
in statute.

Unless the child is in imminent danger of child abuse or neglect,
prior to reporting the suspected child abuse or neglect, a public school
official or employee shall request an immediate advisory meeting
concerning the child with a least one person who is a primary teacher or
special education teacher of the child, if applicable, to share information
concerning the child and any IEP or safety plan for the child. Public
school officials or employees are encouraged to provide a child's IEP with
any report of suspected child abuse or neglect made by a public school
official or employee.
The bill authorizes the state board of human services to adopt rules
to include a notation or flag in a report or inquiry that the child who is the
subject of the report or inquiry has been identified as a child who is
neuroatypical.

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Bill: SB21-149
Title: Wind Energy Facilities Sited Near Military Operations
Bill Subject- Energy
DescriptionConcerning limitations on the construction of wind energy facilities sited near military resources.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Gardner (R)
House:
Summary

The bill requires a wind energy developer or owner to notify the
United States department of defense military aviation and installation
assurance siting clearinghouse (clearinghouse) of the new construction or
expansion of a wind energy facility if the proposed project would include
vertical construction exceeding 200 feet in height.
Upon receiving notification of a proposed project, the

clearinghouse is requested to review the proposed project to determine
whether it would have an adverse impact to military mission, training, or
operations and to notify the wind energy developer of its determination
in writing within 90 days after receiving the notice. If the clearinghouse
determines the proposed project will have no adverse impact, the
proposed project may proceed. If the clearinghouse determines that the
proposed project will have an adverse impact, the proposed project may
proceed only if the wind energy developer or owner commits to resolving
the adverse impact through the implementation of mitigation measures
that the clearinghouse identifies in its determination.
A wind energy developer or owner shall not construct a new wind
energy facility or expand an existing wind energy facility in a manner that
includes any vertical construction in excess of 50 feet in height if the
wind energy facility is located within 2 nautical miles of an active federal
military missile launch or control facility.

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Bill: SB21-150
Title: Reserve Big Game Hunting Licenses For Residents
Bill Subject- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning a limitation on the allocation of big game hunting licenses to nonresidents of Colorado.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/26/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
L. Garcia (D)
R. Woodward (R)
House:
Summary

The bill prohibits the division of parks and wildlife from awarding
more than one-third of big game hunting licenses to nonresidents in a
limited license draw. This prohibition does not apply to leftover licenses.

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Bill: SB21-159
Title: Prohibit Electronic Transfer Of Records
Bill Subject- State Government
DescriptionConcerning the prohibition of the electronic transfer of certain personal information collected by state agencies from official records.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/19/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Sonnenberg (R)
House:
R. Pelton (R)
Summary

Current law authorizes the department of revenue (department) to
make bulk electronic transfers, for a fee, of certain information obtained
from applications for driver's licenses, motor vehicle registrations, motor
vehicle titles, identification cards, and other official records and
documents. The bulk electronic transfers are made to users and vendors

who are permitted to transfer or resell such information.
Notwithstanding the provisions of the federal Driver's Privacy
Protection Act of 1994, the bill prohibits the department from making
bulk electronic transfers of information collected by the department to
primary users and vendors who transfer or resell such information.

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Bill: SB21-161
Title: Voluntary Reduce Greenhouse Gas Natural Gas Utility
Bill Subject- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning adoption by the public utilities commission of programs for the voluntary reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by natural gas utilities.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/04/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
C. Hansen (D)
House:
Summary

The bill requires the public utilities commission (PUC) to adopt by
rule, no later than July 31, 2022, greenhouse gas (GHG) emission
reduction programs (reduction programs) for large natural gas utilities
(those that have at least 250,000 customer accounts in Colorado) and
small natural gas utilities (those that have fewer than 250,000 customer

accounts in Colorado) (collectively, utilities). Municipally owned utilities
may, but need not, participate in a reduction program. The rules must
include reporting requirements and a process for utilities to fully recover
qualified investments, which are prudently incurred costs associated with
a reduction program.
The bill establishes the following GHG emission reduction targets,
using a utility's 2019 GHG emissions as a baseline:
  • By January 1, 2025, at least 5%;
  • By January 1, 2030, at least 10%; and
  • On and after January 1, 2035, at least 15%.
GHG emission reductions from the delivery of natural gas to other
utilities and transportation sector retail customers are excluded from the
reduction programs. The following sources of GHG emission reductions
are included in the reduction programs:
  • Methane leaked from the transportation and delivery of
natural gas from natural gas distribution and service
pipelines; and
  • Carbon dioxide emitted by the utility's retail customers
(other than those in the transportation sector) as a result of
the combustion of natural gas delivered by the utility.
GHG emission reductions can be achieved by:
  • Using renewable natural gas, which must account for at
least 35% of the emission reductions;
  • Emission offsets;
  • Methane emission reductions from a variety of
mechanisms; and
  • Other programs developed by the utility and approved by
the PUC that demonstrate GHG emission reductions.
If a large utility's total incremental annual cost to meet the GHG
emission reduction targets exceeds 2% of the large utility's total revenue
requirement for a particular year, the large utility shall not make
additional qualified investments under the reduction program for that year
without approval from the PUC.
Small utilities may opt in to the reduction program as established
by the PUC by rule. The rule must include tradeable credits and a rate cap
limiting the small utility's costs of making qualified investments.
For included emission reductions and until 2025, a utility
participating in a reduction program is not subject to any additional GHG
emission reduction requirements or required to incur any additional costs
under Colorado's generally applicable GHG emission reduction
requirements if the utility:
  • Files with the PUC a plan that contains approvable and
cost-effective programs that make progress toward the
GHG emission reduction targets and are projected to meet
either the applicable emission reduction targets or the
applicable retail rate impact;
  • Reports GHG emission reductions consistent with the
accounting methodology established by the division of
administration in the department of public health and
environment; and
  • Is either projected to meet the GHG emission reduction
targets in an applicable year or the PUC finds that the
projected costs to achieve the emission reductions have met
the applicable retail rate impact.
The bill gives the oil and gas conservation commission the
authority to authorize class VI injection permits, which authorize the deep
sequestration of carbon dioxide.

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Bill: SB21-163
Title: Cost-benefit Analysis For Rules Additional Requirements
Bill Subject- State Government
DescriptionConcerning additional requirements for a cost-benefit analysis performed in connection with a state agency's adoption of rules.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/10/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Rankin (R)
House:
Summary

Under current law, any person may ask the executive director of
the department of regulatory agencies or the executive director's designee
(executive director) to require a rule-making agency to conduct a
cost-benefit analysis of a draft rule or draft amendment to a rule
(proposed rule) for which the agency has filed a notice of proposed

rule-making (notice). The bill extends the time period for which such
request may be made from up to 5 days after the notice has been filed to
up to 15 days before the scheduled rule-making hearing or, if the
rule-making hearing is scheduled only 20 days after the notice was filed,
up to 10 days after the notice was filed. The agency is required to
complete the cost-benefit analysis at least 5 days before the scheduled
rule-making hearing.
The bill also specifies the following regarding a cost-benefit
analysis:
  • If the executive director determines that the proposed rule
would likely have materially disparate effects on different
regions of the state, the agency must include in the
cost-benefit analysis a determination of the anticipated
benefits, costs, and adverse effects of the proposed rule on
different regions of the state;
  • If the executive director determines that the proposed rule
would have a negative economic or noneconomic impact,
the executive director shall inform the public by either
making a public presentation about the negative impact and
any counterbalancing positive impact at the rule-making
hearing or publishing a written report summarizing the
impacts;
  • The executive director, upon request of any party to the
rule-making or member of the general assembly or upon
the executive director's own motion, may require an agency
to update a cost-benefit analysis to reflect material changes
made to the proposed or adopted rule either before, during,
or after the rule-making hearing;
  • A member of the general assembly, no earlier than one year
after a rule has been adopted, may request that the adopting
agency conduct a cost-benefit analysis regarding the rule's
implementation; and
  • The public utilities commission, the department of natural
resources, or the department of public health and
environment, with regard to any cost-benefit analysis
conducted by that agency, shall present the cost-benefit
analysis at the rule-making hearing and allow public
testimony at the hearing regarding the cost-benefit analysis.

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Bill: SB21-164
Title: Uniform Easement Relocation Act
Bill Subject- Civil Law
- Housing
DescriptionConcerning the "Uniform Easement Relocation Act".
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/22/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Gardner (R)
House:
Summary

Colorado Commission on Uniform State Laws. The bill enacts
the Uniform Easement Relocation Act, drafted by the Uniform Law
Commission. The bill sets procedures to relocate an easement established
by express grant, reservation, prescription, implication, necessity,
estoppel, or other method, but the procedures may not be used to relocate
a public utility easement, conservation easement, or negative easement.
To relocate an easement, the relocation must not:
  • Encroach on an area of an estate burdened by a

conservation easement or interfere with the use or
enjoyment of a public utility easement or an easement
appurtenant to a conservation easement;
  • Lessen the utility of the easement;
  • After the relocation, increase the burden in the reasonable
use and enjoyment of the easement;
  • Impair the purpose for which the easement was created;
  • During or after the relocation, impair the safety of the use
and enjoyment of the easement;
  • During the relocation, disrupt the use and enjoyment of the
easement, unless the servient estate owner substantially
mitigates the duration and nature of the disruption;
  • Impair the physical condition, use, or value of or
improvements on the dominant estate; or
  • Impair the value of the collateral of a security-interest
holder in the servient estate or dominant estate, impair a
real property interest of a lessee in the dominant estate, or
impair a real property interest of any other person in the
servient estate or dominant estate.
To obtain an order to relocate an easement, a servient estate owner
must commence a civil action and serve a summons and petition on:
  • The easement holder;
  • A security-interest holder in the servient estate or dominant
estate;
  • A lessee of the dominant estate; and
  • Any other owner of a real property interest if the relocation
would encroach on an area of the servient estate or
dominant estate burdened by the interest.
Service of a summons and petition is not required for the owner of
real property interest in oil, gas, or minerals unless the interest includes
an easement to facilitate oil, gas, or mineral development.
The petition must state:
  • The intent of the servient estate owner to seek the
relocation;
  • The nature, extent, and anticipated dates of commencement
and completion of the relocation;
  • The current and proposed locations of the easement;
  • The reason the easement is eligible for relocation under the
bill;
  • The reason the proposed relocation satisfies the conditions
for relocation under the bill; and
  • That the servient estate owner has made a reasonable
attempt to notify the holders of any public utility easement,
conservation easement, or negative easement on the
servient estate or dominant estate of the proposed
relocation.
At any time before the court renders a final order in the action, a
person who was served may file a document to waive its rights to contest
or obtain relief in connection with the relocation or subordinate its
interests to the relocation. On filing of the document, the court may order
that the person need not answer or participate further in the action.
A court order approving relocation of an easement must:
  • State that the order is issued in accordance with the bill;
  • Identify the immediately preceding location of the
easement;
  • Describe the new location of the easement;
  • Describe the mitigation required during relocation;
  • Refer in detail to the plans and specifications of
improvements necessary for the easement holder to enter,
use, and enjoy the easement in the new location;
  • Specify conditions to be satisfied to relocate the easement
and construct improvements necessary for the easement
holder to enter, use, and enjoy the easement in the new
location;
  • Include a provision for payment of expenses required by
the bill;
  • Include a provision requiring the parties to the civil action
to act in good faith; and
  • Instruct the servient estate owner to record an affidavit, if
required by the bill, when the servient estate owner
substantially completes relocation.
Before a servient estate owner proceeds with relocation of an
easement, the owner must record, in the appropriate land records, a
certified copy of the order.
The servient estate owner is responsible for reasonable expenses
of relocation of an easement.
Each party to the civil action is obligated to act in good faith.
If an order requires building an improvement to relocate an
easement, relocation is substantially complete, and the easement holder
is able to use the moved easement, the servient estate owner is required
to:
  • Record, in the appropriate land records, an affidavit
certifying that the easement has been relocated; and
  • Send, by certified mail, a copy of the recorded affidavit to
the easement holder and parties to the civil action.
Until the affidavit is recorded and sent to the parties, the easement
holder may use the easement in the current location, subject to any court's
order approving relocation. If a court order does not require building an
improvement, recording of the order constitutes relocation.
The bill clarifies that relocation of an easement:
  • Is not a new transfer or a new grant of a property interest;
  • Is not a breach of a security instrument, except as otherwise
determined by a court;
  • Is not a breach of a lease, except as otherwise determined
by a court;
  • Is not a breach by the servient estate owner of a recorded
document affected by the relocation, except as otherwise
determined by a court;
  • Does not affect the priority of the easement with respect to
other recorded real property interests burdening the area of
the servient estate; and
  • Is not a fraudulent conveyance or voidable transaction
under law.
A servient estate owner may not waive the right to relocate an
easement. The bill should be interpreted in such a way as to promote
uniformity among the states. The bill supersedes the federal Electronic
Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act except for consumer
disclosures. The changes apply to easements created before, on, or after
the bill takes effect.

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Bill: SB21-165
Title: Colorado Department Of Transportation Project Procurement Methods
Bill Subject- State Government
- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning methods of procurement used by the department of transportation when selecting contractors for public projects.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/28/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Scott (R)
House:
Summary

Section 2 of the bill requires the Colorado department of
transportation (CDOT) to solicit construction contracts for public projects
by invitation for bids, also known as the design bid build method of
procurement, unless CDOT determines, based on specific written findings
that CDOT posts on its website prior to awarding a contract, that it is not

feasible to do so and that soliciting the contract through an alternative
procurement method authorized by law such as competitive sealed best
value bidding, an integrated product delivery contract, a public-private
initiative, or a design-build contract is likely to cause the project to be
completed faster, at a lower cost, or to a higher standard of quality than
if the project was solicited by an invitation for bids. Section 4 prohibits
CDOT from refusing to prequalify a contractor to bid on CDOT projects
or reducing the scope of prequalification granted based on the contractor's
lack of prior opportunity to demonstrate performance on past department
contracts if the bidder can demonstrate its experience, past performance,
expertise, and financial capacity through its work on construction
contracts in other states or for county, municipal, or other local
governments in Colorado.
Sections 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, and 12 ensure that the requirements and
prohibitions set forth in sections 2 and 4 apply to CDOT project
procurement through the alternative methods of competitive sealed best
value bidding, integrated product delivery contracts, public-private
initiatives, and design-build contracts.
Section 8 requires CDOT to disclose to the public its rationale for
selecting a specific participating entity to which it has awarded an
integrated product delivery contract. Section 10 requires CDOT to
disclose to the public its rationale for entering into the public-private
initiative agreement for a project in lieu of soliciting a contractor for the
project by invitation for bids or for best value bids and its rationale for
selecting each private or public entity that is a party to the agreement over
any other unselected private or public entities that submitted comparable
proposals.

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Bill: SB21-168
Title: Hunting Or Fishing License State Wildlife Area
Bill Subject- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning a prohibition on requiring an individual to possess a license to hunt wildlife to be present in state wildlife areas.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/29/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Woodward (R)
House:
Summary

The bill prohibits the parks and wildlife commission from
requiring or adopting rules requiring a hunting or fishing license to enter,
use, or occupy a state wildlife area unless the person is doing so to hunt
or fish.

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Bill: SB21-170
Title: Wildland Fire Mitigation Cooperative Electric Association
Bill Subject- Local Government
DescriptionConcerning standards applicable to cooperative electric association wildland fire mitigation, and, in connection therewith, requiring wildland fire protection plans, providing authority for vegetation management, and limiting cooperative electric association liability.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/22/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Ginal (D)
D. Hisey (R)
House:
M. Lynch (R)
Summary

The bill requires a cooperative electric association (association) to
adopt a wildland fire protection plan. The plan must include information

on:
  • Areas where the association has powerline facilities that
may have an increased risk of wildland fires;
  • The procedures and standards that the association will use
to inspect and operate its powerline facilities and perform
vegetation management around those facilities;
  • The modifications or upgrades that the association will
implement to reduce risks of wildland fires;
  • The procedures for de-energizing powerline facilities to
mitigate potential wildland fires;
  • Community outreach efforts during the wildland fire
season; and
  • The potential for coordination with other wildland fire
protection plans.
An association must file its wildland fire protection plan with the public
utilities commission every 3 years and must submit an annual report to the
commission detailing its compliance with the plan.
The bill allows, but does not require, an association to remove or
partially remove vegetation outside of a powerline facility easement as
necessary following a major weather event or other emergency situation.
In addition, an association may designate vegetation as hazard
vegetation if the association finds that the vegetation is dead, likely to
fail, or likely to fall, sway, or grow into a powerline facility and finds that
the vegetation is likely to cause substantial damage, disrupt service, or
come within a minimum clearance distance of the powerline facility. An
association may, but is not required to, remove or partially remove hazard
vegetation outside of an easement after providing notice to the landowner.
The association is not required to provide notice if removal of the hazard
vegetation is necessary to continue safe operation of its facilities or if the
removal is done as part of trimming or removing vegetation after a storm
or other emergency event.
If vegetation outside of a powerline facility easement dies as the
result of being trimmed or partially removed by an association, the
landowner may request that the association remove the vegetation at the
association's expense. The association is required to remove the
vegetation within ninety days; except that the association may offer and
the landowner may accept payment for the reasonable cost of removal
instead of the association removing the vegetation.
An association is not liable for personal injury, property damage,
or fire suppression costs resulting from a wildland fire if any of the
following apply:
  • The association filed a wildland fire protection plan and
completed the activities described in it;
  • A landowner failed to control vegetation outside of a
powerline facility easement on the landowner's land;
  • The association requested and was denied access to
perform vegetation management in a right-of-way on land
owned by a local government, the state, a federal agency,
or a tribal agency; or
  • A landowner prevented the association from maintaining
its powerline facility easement or from removing hazard
vegetation outside the easement.
If none of those circumstances apply and an association is found liable for
a wildland fire, the prevailing plaintiff is limited to actual damages and
cannot recover noneconomic, punitive, or exemplary damages.

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Bill: SB21-176
Title: Protecting Opportunities And Workers' Rights Act
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
DescriptionConcerning protections for Colorado workers against discriminatory employment practices, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Pettersen (D)
F. Winter (D)
House:
S. 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: SB21-177
Title: Restrict Foreign-influenced Money In Politics
Bill Subject- Elections & Redistricting
DescriptionConcerning restrictions on foreign-influenced money in political campaigns in the state.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/14/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Bridges (D)
House:
S. Woodrow (D)
Summary

The bill prohibits a foreign-influenced corporation from making
an electioneering communication or a regular biennial school
electioneering communication.
The bill also expands the group of persons and entities currently
prohibited from expending money on an independent expenditure in
connection with an election in the state to include a foreign-influenced

corporation. An independent expenditure committee is prohibited from
knowingly accepting a donation from any foreign-influenced corporation.
The bill prohibits an independent expenditure committee from
knowingly accepting a contribution, donation, or transfer from a covered
organization if all or part of the contribution, donation, or transfer
includes money received by the independent expenditure committee from
a foreign-influenced corporation.
The bill prohibits any person from using funds from a
foreign-influenced corporation to make either an electioneering
communication or a regular biennial school electioneering
communication.
A for-profit corporation that is authorized to make a contribution
or donation is required to affirm in writing under penalty of perjury that
it is not a foreign-influenced corporation before it makes any permissible
contributions or donations. The bill prohibits any person from accepting
a permissible contribution or donation from a nonprofit corporation
unless the written affirmation is provided before the contribution or
donation is received by the recipient. The recipient of the contribution or
donation is required to retain the written affirmation for not less than one
year following the date of the end of the election cycle during which the
contribution or donation is received. An affirmation statement is not
required if the for-profit corporation has previously provided a statement
to the recipient in the 3-month period prior to the date on which it makes
the permissible contribution or donation.
The bill defines the terms foreign-influenced corporation,
foreign owner, and widely held diversified fund.

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Bill: SB21-182
Title: School Discipline
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning school discipline, and, in connection therewith, addressing disproportionate disciplinary practices and chronic absenteeism and supporting students at risk of dropping out of school.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/10/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Buckner (D)
House:
L. Herod (D)
Summary

The bill requires the state board of education to promulgate rules
to standardize the reporting method for school districts and charter
schools to report disproportionate discipline data to the department of

education (department) and the federal department of education's biennial
survey.
The bill requires each school district and institute charter school
to disaggregate reports of conduct and discipline violations by race,
ethnicity, gender, status as a student with a disability, and socioeconomic
status to the maximum extent possible in compliance with the federal
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, 20 U.S.C. sec.
1232g. The bill also requires each school district and institute charter
school to report the specific action taken in response to each discipline
violation.
The bill prohibits law enforcement officers from arresting students,
or issuing a summons, ticket, or notice requiring the appearance of a
student in court or at a police station for certain offenses and conduct.
The bill also prohibits a school resource officer or law enforcement
officer acting in their official capacity from handcuffing an elementary
school student.
The bill requires school districts and institute charter schools to
adopt policies for selecting school resource officers if the school district
or institute charter school elects to contract for one or more school
resource officers. The bill requires each school district or institute charter
school and the employing law enforcement agency to jointly create an
evaluation process for school resource officers. Each school district or
institute charter school and employing law enforcement agency shall enter
into a memorandum of understanding to address issues such as strategies,
procedures, and practices that minimize student exposure to the criminal
and juvenile justice system; prioritization of strategies for enhancing
student learning, safety, and well-being; and creation of a sustainable and
successful balance between education and protecting students, teachers,
and the school.
The bill requires each school district board of education and each
institute charter school to adopt a policy to report and address
disproportionate disciplinary practices in public schools. Each school
district and institute charter school shall develop, implement, and
annually review improvement plans to address disproportionate discipline
practices by race, ethnicity, gender, status as a student with a disability,
and socioeconomic status based on the policy and disciplinary data
reported to the department under the safe school reporting requirements.
In implementing an improvement plan to address disproportionate
discipline practices, each school district and institute charter school shall
provide to the parents of the students enrolled in the school written notice
of the improvement plan and issues identified by the department as giving
rise to the need for the plan. The written notice must include the timeline
for developing and adopting the improvement plan and the dates, times,
and locations of the public meeting and a public hearing.
The bill requires school districts and institute charter schools to
address chronic absenteeism and disproportionate disciplinary practices
in order to provide support to students who are identified as at risk of
chronic absenteeism and disciplinary actions, including classroom
removal, suspension, and expulsion. The bill amends the expelled and
at-risk student services grant program to focus on services for students
identified as at risk of dropping out of school due to chronic absenteeism
and disciplinary actions.

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Bill: SB21-183
Title: Law Enforcement Support And Accountability
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning the modification of measures to ensure law enforcement accountability.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lundeen (R)
House:
Summary

The bill permits a civil action for deprivation of rights against a
peace officer to be brought against a Colorado state patrol officer or
Colorado bureau of investigation agent.
The bill amends certain standards concerning use of force by a
peace officer.
The bill defines intervene, for the purpose of a peace officer's

duty to intervene. Furthermore, it amends the requirements that constitute
a class 1 misdemeanor for failure of the duty to intervene.
The bill requires that any suspension or revocation of a peace
officer's certification is not effective until the peace officer has exhausted
all internal, contractual, and legal rights to review, challenge, and appeal
the underlying finding or decision.
The bill includes agents employed by the Colorado bureau of
investigation to the definition of peace officers for purposes of
body-worn camera requirements.

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Bill: SB21-184
Title: Ski Area Safety Plans And Accident Reporting
Bill Subject- Natural Resources & Environment
- Public Health
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning ski area safety, and, in connection therewith, requiring the operators of ski areas to adopt and disclose safety plans, disclose seasonal ski accident statistics, and maintain an accident database.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/22/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Danielson (D)
T. Story (D)
House:
Summary

The bill updates the Ski Safety Act of 1979 by:
  • Requiring each ski area to adopt and publish, in printed
form and on the ski area's website, if any, a safety plan

specifying the governance, management, and operational
roles, responsibilities, and practices of the ski area to
prevent accidents and reduce the frequency and severity of
injuries; and
  • Requiring ski areas with an elevation drop of 500 feet or
more and at least one elevated lift to:
  • Collect and disseminate seasonal data on ski and
snowboard accidents and deaths, including those
occurring while boarding or exiting lifts; and
  • Collect and make available, upon request, specific
information about each accident, including where
and when it occurred, the conditions at the time, the
type of injuries and whether death occurred on site
or following medical transport, and specified
nonprivate information about the injured person.
The bill makes any failure to create, maintain, and publish a safety
plan or provide the required reports or data grounds for discipline by the
passenger tramway safety board.

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Bill: SB21-186
Title: Event Ticket Sales And Resales Regulation
Bill Subject- Financial Services & Commerce
DescriptionConcerning modifications to laws regulating ticket sales.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/10/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Donovan (D)
House:
L. Cutter (D)
Summary

With regard to event ticket sales and resales, the bill repeals
provisions prohibiting certain restrictions on ticket resales and instead
limits a reseller from advertising, offering for sale, or contracting to resell
tickets or accepting payment for a resale ticket unless the reseller has
possession of the ticket or has a written contract to obtain the ticket from
the person who possesses it and the ticket matches the advertised
description of the ticket. The bill also specifies that terms or conditions
on the original sale of a ticket, including limits on transferability, are

permissible.
With regard to online ticket sales, the bill adds the following as
deceptive trade practices:
  • Using or causing to be used a website to display a
trademarked or copyrighted URL, title, image, or other
symbol without written consent; or
  • Using or causing to be used a website to display text,
images, web designs, or internet addresses, which website
is substantially similar to another website, without written
consent.

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Bill: SB21-187
Title: Dialysis Treatment Transportation Funding
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning the creation of a dialysis transportation provider reimbursement program.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/12/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Danielson (D)
House:
D. Jackson (D)
Summary

The bill creates the dialysis transportation provider reimbursement
program (program) within the department of transportation. The program
is created to reimburse dialysis transportation providers that transport
dialysis patients who are 50 years of age or older and are not otherwise
covered by medicaid. The program is funded by a per-treatment fee paid
by each for-profit dialysis treatment clinic.

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StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (04/14/2021)
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Bill: SB21-197
Title: Workers' Compensation Physician
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
DescriptionConcerning the treating physician in workers' compensation cases.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
S. 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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StatusHouse Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely (05/27/2021)
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Bill: SB21-200
Title: Reduce Greenhouse Gases Increase Environmental Justice
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.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/25/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Moreno (D)
F. Winter (D)
House:
D. 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: SB21-247
Title: Adjust Redistricting Commission Procedures
Bill Subject- Elections & Redistricting
DescriptionConcerning the procedures of the independent redistricting commissions.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/22/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
C. Holbert (R)
S. Fenberg (D)
House:
D. Esgar (D)
H. McKean (R)
Summary

Executive Committee of the Legislative Council. The
COVID-19 pandemic has caused a delay in the ability of the United States
Census Bureau (Census Bureau) to deliver to the state the population and
demographic data necessary to redraw election districts. The Census
Bureau has indicated that the final census data will not be available for at
least 6 months after the deadline contemplated in federal law. Under the

current definition of necessary census data contained in state law, this
delay prevents the independent congressional redistricting commission
and the independent legislative redistricting commission (commissions)
from completing their work by the deadlines in the constitution. An
extended delay in finalizing the commissions' redistricting plans will
make it impossible to complete all of the steps in the 2022 election
procedures in time for the general election.
For the commissions convened in 2021 only, the bill amends the
definition of necessary census data to allow the preliminary and staff
plans to be developed using the data on the total population by state that
will be released by the Census Bureau on April 30, 2021, and other
population and demographic data from federal or state sources that are
approved by the commissions. Once final census data is released by the
Census Bureau, the nonpartisan staff of the commission must complete
adjustments for incarcerated populations required by current law within
5 days. All staff plans presented to the commissions or submitted to the
Colorado supreme court after that date must use the final data as adjusted.
A plan approved by the Colorado supreme court must be based on the
final data as adjusted.

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Bill: SB21-273
Title: Pre-trial Reform
Bill Subject- Courts & Judicial
- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning measures to increase public safety by minimizing custodial responses to low-level offenses, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/12/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lee (D)
D. Moreno (D)
House:
A. Benavidez (D)
J. Bacon (D)
Summary

The bill creates the community response to low-level offenses
working group in the department of public safety to study and propose
statewide policy and legislative initiatives to safely increase community
response in lieu of law enforcement engagement for lower-level offenses
and calls for service when there is no criminal conduct. The working
group shall report its findings to the judiciary committees of the house of

representatives and the senate, or any successor committees, by the
February 1, 2022.
The bill prohibits a peace officer from arresting a person based
solely on the alleged commission of a traffic offense, petty offense, drug
petty offense, municipal offense, drug misdemeanor offense, or
misdemeanor offense, unless:
  • Custodial arrest is statutorily required;
  • The offense is a victim rights crime; the offense includes
an element of illegal possession or use of a firearm; or the
offense constitutes unlawful sexual behavior, failure to
register as a sex offender, or the offense is a violation of a
temporary or regular extreme risk protection order, a
violation of a credible threat to a school, or a violation of
eluding in a vehicle; or
  • The officer is unable to sufficiently verify the individual's
identity absent a custodial arrest.
The bill prohibits a court from issuing a monetary bond for a
misdemeanor offense; municipal offense; class 4, 5, or 6 felony; or a drug
felony unless the court finds the defendant will flee prosecution or
threaten the safety of another and no other condition of release can
reasonably mitigate the risk. The bill requires the court to issue a personal
recognizance bond when the defendant fails to appear, unless:
  • The defendant failed to appear when a witness was
subpoenaed or a civilian witness was on call;
  • The defendant intentionally failed to appear for the purpose
of interfering with or deterring victim or witness
participation in the case; or
  • The defendant has failed to appear 2 or more times in the
case.
The bill requires the court to issue a personal recognizance bond
in a failure to comply with a probation conditions case that is not based
on a criminal offense, unless:
  • The violation was for a failure to comply with any court-
ordered treatment related to a sex offense or domestic
violence;
  • The defendant has already had probation revoked for
failure to comply in the case; or
  • The court finds the defendant is likely to flee prosecution.
The bill permits appellate review of a court's bail or bond order by
either the defendant or the prosecution after a reconsideration hearing,
denial of a reconsideration of bond conditions, or order for bail after
conviction.
The bill authorizes sheriffs to actively manage their jail
populations in order to keep the population as low as possible while
maintaining community safety, including the authority to establish jail
admission standards that include offense-based admission standards that
limit jail admissions.

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Bill: SB21-285
Title: Coverage Levels For Occupational Accident Insurance
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Insurance
DescriptionConcerning the occupational accident insurance coverage that independent contractors of carriers may acquire pursuant to standards set by the division of insurance.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Smallwood (R)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
K. Van Winkle (R)
K. Mullica (D)
Summary

Under current law, common carriers and contract carriers may use
independent contractors for transportation services. The contract must
provide for coverage under either workers' compensation or an
occupational accident insurance policy that provides similar coverage
to that available under workers' compensation. Similar coverage must

meet or exceed standards set by the division of insurance and is defined
to require benefits that are at least comparable to the benefits offered
under the workers' compensation system. The bill amends the definition
of similar coverage by repealing this comparable benefits
requirement.

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Bill: SB21-SCR001
Title: Legislative Oversight Of Governor Emergency Powers
Bill Subject-
DescriptionSubmitting to the registered electors of the state of Colorado an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning legislative oversight of a state of disaster emergency declared by the governor.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (10/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lundeen (R)
House:
T. Geitner (R)
A. Pico (R)
Summary

The concurrent resolution authorizes the governor to declare a
state of disaster emergency that continues for up to 30 days. At the end of
30 days, if the governor has not previously terminated the state of disaster

emergency, it automatically terminates unless extended by the general
assembly. To extend a state of disaster emergency, the general assembly,
prior to the date of automatic termination, must adopt a joint resolution
passed by a two-thirds majority of each house. The joint resolution must
specify the length of time for which the state of disaster emergency is
extended and does not require approval by the governor. If the general
assembly has not extended the state of disaster emergency before the date
of termination and is not in session as of the date of termination, the
governor may call the general assembly into special session to extend the
state of disaster emergency. The governor may terminate the state of
disaster emergency before the date to which it is extended, and the
general assembly may adopt subsequent joint resolutions to further extend
the state of disaster emergency if not previously terminated by the
governor.

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