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Bill: HB21-1001
Title: Remote Participation In Party Committee Meetings
Bill Subject- Elections & Redistricting
- Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
DescriptionConcerning authorization for remote participation in political party committee meetings.
StatusGovernor Signed (01/20/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
C. Holbert (R)
S. Fenberg (D)
House:
D. Esgar (D)
H. McKean (R)
R. Bockenfeld (R)
Summary

Through the end of 2021, the bill allows members of a party
central committee or vacancy committee to participate in a committee
meeting remotely, including by casting the member's vote by e-mail, mail,
telephone, or through an internet-based application if allowed by the
party's rules.
The bill permits a state party central committee or state party

executive committee to adopt party rules or bylaws to implement the bill's
remote participation provisions. The bill also permits a member of the
state party central committee or state party executive committee
considering such rules or bylaws to participate remotely in a meeting in
which the rules or bylaws are being considered.

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Bill: HB21-1002
Title: Reductions Certain Taxpayers' Income Tax Liability
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning reductions to certain taxpayers' state income tax liability related to state tax law changes made in 2020, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusGovernor Signed (01/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Moreno (D)
C. Hansen (D)
House:
M. Weissman (D)
E. Sirota (D)
Summary

Sections 1 and 3 of the bill restore, over time, certain business
deductions to federal taxable income that were disallowed in Colorado by
operation of a department of revenue rule and by House Bill 20-1420.
The specific deductions are related to net operating losses, the application
of the federal excess business loss rules, interest expenses, and qualified

improvement property.
The earned income tax credit is equal to a percentage of the federal
earned income tax credit. Section 2 allows taxpayers filing with an
individual taxpayer identification number to claim the earned income tax
credit for income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2020.

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Bill: HB21-1003
Title: Legislative Proceedings During Disaster Emergency
Bill Subject-
DescriptionConcerning the conduct of legislative proceedings during a declared disaster emergency.
StatusGovernor Signed (01/20/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
S. Fenberg (D)
House:
A. Benavidez (D)
Summary

The bill authorizes the executive committee of the legislative
council (executive committee) to allow electronic participation in
legislative proceedings during a declared disaster emergency caused by
a public health emergency infecting or exposing a great number of people
to disease, agents, toxins, or other such threats, and, if it is allowed, to
establish policies governing such electronic participation.

A member participating electronically is entitled to receive a per
diem on the same basis as a member participating in person. If a member
cannot participate electronically from the member's home due to a
technological limitation, the member may receive reimbursement for
travel expenses to an alternate location to allow the member to participate
electronically. The amount of the reimbursement cannot exceed the
amount the member would customarily receive for travel expenses to
Denver to participate in person. A member is not entitled to
reimbursement for any other expenses incurred in connection with
electronic participation.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the first regular session of the
seventy-third general assembly, the bill allows joint committees of
reference that are required to hold hearings commonly referred to as
SMART Act hearings to conduct the hearings at any time after the
general assembly convenes, including while the general assembly is
temporarily adjourned. Legislators, departments, and the public may
participate remotely in accordance with policies established by the
executive committee or the joint rules of the senate and house of
representatives.

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Bill: HB21-1004
Title: Colorado Uniform Electronic Wills Act
Bill Subject- Probate, Trusts, & Fiduciaries
DescriptionConcerning the "Colorado Uniform Electronic Wills Act".
StatusGovernor Signed (01/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lee (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House:
M. Snyder (D)
M. Soper (R)
Summary

Colorado Commission on Uniform State Laws. The bill enacts
the Colorado Uniform Electronic Wills Act. The bill declares that an
electronic will is a will for all purposes of Colorado law. The bill
specifies the requirements for:
  • Executing and revoking an electronic will;
  • Simultaneously executing, attesting, and making an
electronic will; and
  • Certifying a paper copy of an electronic will.

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Bill: HB21-1005
Title: Health Care Services Reserve Corps Task Force
Bill Subject- Public Health
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning the establishment of the health care services reserve corps task force, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
L. Garcia (D)
House:
K. Mullica (D)
Y. Caraveo (D)
Summary

The bill creates the health care services reserve corps task force
(task force) in the department of public health and environment. The
purpose of the task force is to evaluate and make recommendations on the
creation of a health care services reserve corps program (program), in
which medical professionals could cross-train to be able to serve the state
in an emergency or disaster and receive student loan relief for their

service.
The task force is required to consider and make findings and
recommendations on issues including:
  • The types of medical professionals who could participate
in a health care services reserve corps program, including
how to ensure an appropriate cross section of providers;
  • The types of emergencies and disasters for which the
program could prepare and provide assistance, and whether
the program could be deployed out of state;
  • Any legal or regulatory obstacles to creating such a
program;
  • Liability protections for professionals and facilities
participating in the program;
  • Whether the program could be streamlined or integrated
with existing programs or procedures;
  • The types and hours of training that would be required;
  • How to ensure the program and cross-training are
accessible to rural medical professionals;
  • The costs associated with the program;
  • Issues related to insurance coverage and reimbursement;
  • How the health care services reserve corps would be
deployed; and
  • The amount, terms of, and funding for the student loan
relief that participants would receive.
The task force is required to consult with medical and nursing
schools in making recommendations related to the cross-training elements
of the program. The task force is authorized to consult with additional
stakeholders with expertise in identifying the physical and mental health
needs of Coloradans or in coordinating emergency response at the local,
state, or federal level to identify additional questions for future
consideration by the program.
The task force is required to submit a report with its findings and
recommendations to the house public health care and human services
committee and the senate health and human services committee by
December 1, 2023. The task force is required to meet at least once every
2 months. Task force members serve without compensation and are not
eligible for reimbursement for expenses.

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Bill: HB21-1006
Title: Fifth-day School Enrichment Programs Funding
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning fifth-day school week supplemental enrichment programs.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
L. Garcia (D)
D. Hisey (R)
House:
D. Esgar (D)
P. Will (R)
Summary

The bill creates the fifth-day academic enrichment and support
grant program (program) to award grants on a 3-year cycle to one or more
eligible community-based nonprofit organizations (organizations) to
provide supplemental educational programs to full-day kindergarten
through high school-aged children on the fifth day of the week for
children in schools that have a 4-day school week.

To be eligible for a grant, organizations must, in part, have
experience providing before- and after-school programs, serve a majority
of children from low-income families, and have a relationship or
partnership with a local school district that serves children in the program.
The state board of education (state board) awards program grants
in a 3-year grant cycle, with an initial grant and automatic renewal of the
grant for 2 years as set forth in the bill. The amount of the initial and
renewal grants is determined by the state board based on the number of
children served in the program and other criteria specified in the bill.
Grants must be used for one or more of the purposes specified in
the bill, including to provide supplemental educational programming to
support students' academic development on the fifth day of a 4-day school
week, to provide meals for students attending the program, and to acquire
educational materials and necessary technology to provide supplemental
educational programming.
The state board shall promulgate rules to establish the program,
including the application process and deadlines.
Grantees are required to report annually to the department of
education (department) on the use of the grant money, with the
department reporting to certain committees of the general assembly.
The bill creates a fund from which to pay program grants,
consisting of money appropriated or transferred to the fund by the general
assembly.

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Bill: HB21-1007
Title: State Apprenticeship Agency
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
DescriptionConcerning a state apprenticeship registration program in the department of labor and employment, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Danielson (D)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
T. Sullivan (D)
D. Ortiz (D)
Summary

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

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

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Bill: HB21-1008
Title: Forest Health Project Financing
Bill Subject- Local Government
- Natural Resources & Environment
- Water
DescriptionConcerning increased options for financing forest health projects, and, in connection therewith, financing wildfire mitigation treatments.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/20/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Cooke (R)
C. Hansen (D)
House:
M. Catlin (R)
Summary

The bill provides additional options for financing forest health
projects by authorizing:
  • A separate legal entity created by a combination of local
governments as authorized by current law to establish
special improvement districts within the boundaries of the

combination and levy special assessments on property
specially benefited by improvements, functions, services or
facilities, including forest health projects, that the separate
legal entity is authorized to provide;
  • Counties, municipalities, special districts, water
conservancy districts, the Colorado river water
conservation district, and the southwestern water
conservation district to conduct or participate in and
finance forest health projects; and
  • Authorizing a forest improvement district to use its sales
tax revenue for forest health projects.
The bill also postpones the scheduled repeal of the statute that
authorizes the Colorado water resources power and development
authority to issue bonds to fund watershed protection projects and forest
health projects from July 1, 2023, to July 1, 2033.

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Bill: HB21-1009
Title: Update Division Housing Function & Local Development
Bill Subject- Housing
DescriptionConcerning an update to statutory provisions governing the functions of the division of housing in the department of local affairs to facilitate housing that promotes state goals for local development, and, in connection therewith, enabling the division of housing to leverage state housing funding to promote the state's affordable housing and energy performance objectives.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/10/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House:
T. Bernett (D)
Summary

The current statutory functions of the division of housing
(division) within the department of local affairs include conducting
research into new approaches to housing throughout the state. The bill
expands the list of research subjects to include:
  • Transit-oriented development that includes increased
housing density near employment, education, and town
centers; and
  • Advanced energy performance standards that minimize the
total building operational costs during the affordability
period.
The bill also eliminates certain statutory functions of the division
that are now outdated.
The bill expands the list of existing functions of the division to
include collaborating with other state agencies to develop incentives that
support:
  • Local development near transit corridors;
  • Increased housing density development within
employment, education, and town centers; and
  • Energy performance standards that minimize total building
operational costs during the affordability period.
The bill also requires the division to collaborate with other state
agencies in connection with the disposition of state-owned assets to be
used for low- and moderate-income housing.
The bill requires the division to maintain the confidentiality of all
names, addresses, and personal identifying information of applicants,
recipients, and former recipients of housing assistance. The division is
permitted to publish or provide aggregate or de-identified data concerning
applicants, recipients, and former recipients of housing assistance to third
parties and other governmental entities, and to enter into data-sharing
agreements authorizing the transfer of such information subject to
restrictions specified in the bill.

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Bill: HB21-1010
Title: Diverse K-12 Educator Workforce Report
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning increasing the diversity of Colorado's educators in elementary and secondary public schools, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/09/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
House:
N. Ricks (D)
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Summary

The bill directs the department of higher education and the
department of education to convene a workgroup on diversity in the
educator workforce (workgroup).
The department of higher education and the department of
education shall select the members of the workgroup, which must include
those agencies, persons, and organizations specified in the bill. The

departments may seek recommendations or nominations from interested
stakeholders.
The workgroup shall investigate barriers to the preparation,
retention, and recruitment of a diverse educator workforce and shall
consider strategies to increase diversity in the educator workforce. The
bill includes specific issues for the workgroup to consider.
The workgroup shall submit a written report of its findings and
recommendations to the education committees of the general assembly no
later than September 30, 2022. The workgroup may submit interim
findings and recommendations during the 2022 legislative session.
Under current law, the department of higher education reports
annually concerning educator preparation programs, including
enrollment, graduation rates, outcomes of graduates, and performance on
assessments administered for licensure. The bill requires the department
of higher education to include the required information disaggregated by
the candidates' or graduates' gender, race, and ethnicity. Further, the
information contained in the annual report must be posted on the
department of higher education's and the department of education's
websites.

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Bill: HB21-1011
Title: Multilingual Ballot Access For Voters
Bill Subject- Elections & Redistricting
DescriptionConcerning the expansion of multilingual ballot access for electors in the state, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Moreno (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
Y. Caraveo (D)
Summary

The bill requires the secretary of state (secretary) and county clerk
and recorders (county clerk) of certain counties to provide multilingual
ballot access.
The secretary is required to establish a multilingual ballot hotline
(hotline) to provide access to qualified translators or interpreters in each
of the languages in which the most recent decennial census was offered

to assist electors in translating ballot language. The secretary is required
to establish the hotline for use during the general election held in
November 2022, and for every general election and statewide odd-year
election thereafter. The secretary is also required to:
  • Provide notice of the hotline to electors through election
day;
  • Ensure that the translators who provide translations for the
multilingual hotline are qualified translators or interpreters;
and
  • Promulgate rules as may be necessary to create and
administer the hotline.
The county clerk of any county that satisfies specified criteria is
required to create, in coordination with the secretary, a minority language
sample ballot (sample ballot) in any minority language spoken in the
county that satisfies the following:
  • The minority language is spoken by at least 2,000 citizens
in the county age 18 years or older, who speak English less
than very well, and who speak the minority language at
home; or
  • The minority language is spoken by at least 2.5% of
citizens in the county age 18 years or older, who speak
English less than very well, and who speak the minority
language at home.
The bill specifies that the sample ballot must include all of the
same content that is on the English language ballot and also specifies the
format of the sample ballot. In addition, the bill requires that the sample
ballots be available for the general election held in November 2022, and
for each general election and statewide odd-year election thereafter.
The county clerk of any county that satisfies specified criteria is
required to provide, upon the request of an elector, an in-person minority
language ballot (in-person ballot) in any minority language spoken in the
county that satisfies the same criteria specified for sample ballots. An
in-person ballot can be a ballot on demand, a ballot from a printed stock
of ballots, or a ballot via an electronic voting device.
The bill specifies that the in-person ballot must include all of the
same content that is on the English language ballot and specifies that
in-person ballots are required to be available for the general election held
in November 2022, and for each general election and statewide odd-year
election thereafter.
The secretary is required to determine, pursuant to specified
criteria, which counties in the state are required to provide multilingual
ballot access by creating a sample ballot and providing an in-person
ballot, and to notify the county clerk of any county that is required to
provide such multilingual ballot access.
The secretary is required to provide each county clerk that is
required to provide multilingual ballot access with a translation in the
applicable minority language or languages of all content that is certified
to the county clerks by the secretary of state for use by the county clerk
in creating the multilingual ballot access.

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Bill: HB21-1012
Title: Expand Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
Bill Subject- Professions & Occupations
DescriptionConcerning expansion of the prescription drug monitoring program to track information regarding all prescription drugs prescribed in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
B. Pettersen (D)
House:
K. Mullica (D)
J. Rich (R)
Summary

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

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Bill: HB21-1013
Title: Division Of Domestic Stock Insurer
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Insurance
DescriptionConcerning the division of a domestic stock insurer into multiple resulting domestic stock insurers, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
C. Kolker (D)
House:
K. Van Winkle (R)
M. Snyder (D)
Summary

The bill states that a domestic stock insurer (dividing insurer) may
divide into 2 or more resulting insurers pursuant to a plan of division. A
plan of division must include:
  • The name of the dividing insurer;
  • The name of each resulting insurer created by the proposed
division and, for each resulting insurer, a copy of proposed

articles of incorporation and proposed bylaws;
  • The manner of allocating assets and liabilities, including
policy liabilities, between or among all resulting insurers;
  • The manner of distributing shares in the resulting insurers
to the dividing insurer or the dividing insurer's
shareholders;
  • A reasonable description of all liabilities and all assets that
the dividing insurer proposes to allocate to each resulting
insurer, including the manner by which the dividing insurer
proposes to allocate all reinsurance contracts;
  • All terms and conditions required by the laws of this state
and the articles of incorporation and bylaws of the dividing
insurer; and
  • All other terms and conditions required by the division.
A plan of division must include additional provisions, the nature
of which depends on whether the dividing insurer will survive the
division.
A dividing insurer shall file a plan of division with the
commissioner of insurance (commissioner) only after the plan of division
has been approved in accordance with all provisions of the dividing
insurer's articles of incorporation and bylaws. The commissioner shall
approve the plan of division if, after considering certain criteria, the
commissioner finds that certain requirements are met. If the
commissioner approves a plan of division, an officer or duly authorized
representative of the dividing insurer shall sign a certificate of division
that sets forth certain information concerning the division.
The bill establishes procedures for amending and abandoning plans
of division.
The bill provides for the protection of confidential information,
documents, and materials that are submitted to, obtained by, or disclosed
to the commissioner in connection with a plan of division or in
contemplation of a plan of division.

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Bill: HB21-1014
Title: Disability Symbol Identification Document
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning the ability of a person to voluntarily disclose disability information to the department of revenue, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Danielson (D)
House:
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
M. Baisley (R)
Summary

The bill adds an option for a person with a disability to request that
the department of revenue place a discreet disability identifier symbol on
the person's driver's license or identification card. The symbol must
represent all types of disabilities, such as cognitive, neurological, or
physical disabilities.
The bill also requires the department to collect information that the

owner of a vehicle voluntarily discloses about the disability of a person
who is either authorized to drive, or a regular passenger of, the registered
vehicle. The department shall make this information immediately
available to a peace officer who queries information about the registered
vehicle.
The department is required to notify peace officers about the
creation of the disability identifier symbol and the availability of
information regarding the disability of a driver or passenger of a motor
vehicle.

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Bill: HB21-1015
Title: Security Protections Criminal Justice Personnel
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
- Local Government
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning security protections for certain criminal justice system personnel.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Ginal (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
House:
T. Carver (R)
K. Tipper (D)
Summary

Under current law, it is unlawful for a person to make available on
the internet the personal information of a law enforcement official, as
defined in statute, or a human services worker, as defined in statute, if the
dissemination of the personal information poses an imminent and serious
threat to the official's or the worker's safety or to the safety of the
official's or the worker's immediate family. The bill extends the crime to

include certain employees and contractors of the department of
corrections who have contact with persons in the custody of the
department of corrections.
In addition, under current law, human services workers who meet
certain requirements specified in statute may submit a written request to
a state or local government official to remove personal information from
public records that are available on the internet. The bill extends the same
protection to law enforcement officials and to certain employees and
contractors of the department of corrections.

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Bill: HB21-1016
Title: Transfer Jurisdiction To Veteran's Speciality Court
Bill Subject- Courts & Judicial
- Military & Veterans
DescriptionConcerning the authority to transfer jurisdiction of a veteran defendant's case to a jurisdiction with a veteran's speciality court.
StatusGovernor Signed (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
L. Garcia (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House:
D. Ortiz (D)
M. Lynch (R)
Summary

Under current law, a court must inquire at the defendant's first
appearance whether the defendant is a veteran. If the jurisdiction does not
have a veteran's speciality court, the bill requires the court to inform a
veteran defendant of the possibility of petitioning to transfer the case to
a jurisdiction with a veteran's speciality court.

The bill allows a veteran defendant to petition to transfer the case
to a jurisdiction with a veteran's speciality court if the jurisdiction does
not have a veteran's speciality court. The petition must include the
jurisdiction that the defendant is seeking to have the case transferred to
and a description of the services or supports the defendant is seeking to
access from the veteran's speciality court in that jurisdiction. After
receiving a petition, the court must consult with the chief judge of the
jurisdiction with the veteran's speciality court and administrator of that
court, if any. The court shall grant the petition to transfer the case if the
veteran's speciality court in that jurisdiction has the capacity to provide
services and supports to the defendant.

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Bill: HB21-1018
Title: Adoptive Parents Payments To Outside Providers
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning allowing adoptive parents who are parties to adoption assistance agreements to pay for medical services that would otherwise be reimbursable under the medical assistance program.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
House:
T. Bernett (D)
T. Van Beber (R)
Summary

The bill permits adoptive parents who are parties to an adoption
assistance agreement (agreement) to pay for services or items from a
provider that is not enrolled in the medical assistance program. These

services or items would otherwise be reimbursable under the medical
assistance program pursuant to the terms of the agreement. The adoptive
parents must determine if the special needs of the child or youth require
items or services from the provider and must enter into a documented
agreement with the provider in which the adoptive parents agree to bear
the cost of the items or services.

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Bill: HB21-1019
Title: Modification To Regulations Of Factory-built Structures
Bill Subject- State Government
DescriptionConcerning modifications to the regulations of factory-built structures.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/10/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Ginal (D)
R. Woodward (R)
House:
E. Hooton (D)
Summary

The bill makes the following modifications to the regulations of
factory-built structures, manufactured housing, and installers and sellers
of manufactured housing:
  • Clarifies that a local government may enforce local rules
governing the installation of factory-built housing that are
approved by the division of housing (division);

  • Clarifies that authority granted to the division is over work
related to factory-built structures that is completed offsite
or completed onsite with components shipped with the
factory-built structure;
  • Clarifies that a local government's authority is over work
completed onsite and is not over work performed offsite or
work that is completed onsite using components shipped
with the factory-built structure;
  • Allows the division to authorize a local government to
inspect and charge fees related to work that is completed
onsite using components shipped with a factory-built
structure;
  • Clarifies that a factory-built structure bearing an insignia of
approval issued by the division complies with applicable
state codes and local government installation requirements
approved by the division;
  • Clarifies that an insignia of approval affixed to the
factory-built structure does not expire unless the design and
construction of the factory-built structure has been
modified by approved plans;
  • Allows the division to set the minimum amount of a surety
bond filed by a registered installer of a manufactured home
by rule-making;
  • Requires an insurer or financial institution to pay the
division or owner of a manufactured home the amount of
a claim against the letter of credit, certificate of deposit, or
surety bond filed with the division by a registered installer
if there has been a final judgment against the registered
installer;
  • Clarifies that a local government's authority over
installations of manufactured homes to rules related to
weight restrictions for snow roof loads or wind shear
factors cannot be applied to conflict with the standards set
by the United States department of housing and urban
development;
  • Allows a local government to require onsite mitigation
addressing public safety requirements applicable to
manufactured homes that comply with the federal
manufactured home construction and safety standard;
  • Removes the requirement that a seller of a manufactured
home escrow all down payments paid by a purchaser in a
separate fiduciary account;
  • Allows the division to set the minimum amount of a surety
bond filed by a registered seller of a manufactured home
through rule-making;
  • Removes the requirement that the division send the
attorney general a monthly list of all persons registered and
bonded with the division;
  • Removes the restriction that any letter of credit, certificate
of deposit, or surety bond filed with the division is only
revocable upon the written consent of the attorney general;
  • Allows the division to execute a surety bond filed by a
registered seller on behalf of the purchaser of a
manufactured home;
  • Removes the requirement that a seller of a manufactured
home disclose in a sales contract language pertaining to
escrow requirements that are eliminated by the bill;
  • Clarifies the types of homes that may not be excluded by
counties; and
  • Clarifies that a county must comply with the state
requirements for local installation standards when enacting
building code provisions for a manufactured home.

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Bill: HB21-1021
Title: Peer Support Professionals Behavioral Health
Bill Subject- Human Services
- Labor & Employment
DescriptionConcerning supporting the peer support professional workforce, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/09/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Zenzinger (D)
D. Hisey (R)
House:
Y. Caraveo (D)
R. Pelton (R)
Summary

The bill requires the department of human services (state
department) to establish procedures to approve recovery support services
organizations for reimbursement of peer support professional services.
The bill also gives the executive director of the state department
rule-making authority to establish other criteria and standards as
necessary.

The bill permits a recovery support services organization to charge
and submit for reimbursement from the medical assistance program
certain eligible peer support services provided by peer support
professionals.
The bill authorizes the department of health care policy and
financing to reimburse recovery support services organizations for
permissible claims for peer support services submitted under the medical
services program.
The bill requires contracts entered into between the state
department's office of behavioral health and designated managed service
organizations to include terms and conditions related to the support of
peer-run recovery support services organizations.

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Bill: HB21-1022
Title: Surrogacy Agreements
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Courts & Judicial
DescriptionConcerning the protection of parties through the enforcement of proper surrogacy agreements.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/06/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Ginal (D)
House:
M. Froelich (D)
Summary

The bill creates the Colorado Surrogacy Agreement Act (act) in
article 4.5 of title 19, Colorado Revised Statutes. The act:
  • Establishes eligibility requirements for entering into
surrogacy agreements (agreements) and required elements
of agreements;
  • Contains provisions governing the termination of

agreements and the effect of a death or a change in marital
status of any of the parties to such agreements;
  • Authorizes court orders recognizing and enforcing
agreements;
  • Specifies the duties of persons under agreements;
  • Authorizes court orders determining parentage; and
  • Creates new definitions for agreements.

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Bill: HB21-1024
Title: Title Certificates Off-highway Vehicle Transfers
Bill Subject- Natural Resources & Environment
- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning requirements relating to the transfer of an off-highway vehicle, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Priola (R)
F. Winter (D)
House:
K. Van Winkle (R)
M. Snyder (D)
Summary

Current law requires an off-highway vehicle to have a certificate
of title in order to be transferred unless:
  • The off-highway vehicle was first transferred before July
1, 2014, and not subsequently transferred to an off-highway
vehicle dealer; or
  • The off-highway vehicle was used exclusively for

agricultural purposes on private land.
Section 2 of the bill requires all off-highway vehicle transfers on
or after July 1, 2022, to have a certificate of title, but the agricultural
exemption is not changed.
Section 1 exempts private transfers of off-highway vehicles from
sales tax if the transfer occurred on or after July 1, 2014, and before July
1, 2022.
Current law authorizes motor vehicle dealers, salvage pools, and
insurers to electronically access the department of revenue's ownership
and lienholder records to verify motor vehicle ownership and lienholding
information to prevent fraud. Section 3 authorizes off-highway vehicle
dealers to access this system to verify the same information on
off-highway vehicles for the same reasons.
Notwithstanding the requirement that an off-highway vehicle have
a title to be purchased by a dealer, current law authorizes a dealer to
purchase an off-highway vehicle that was initially sold before July 1,
2014, and was never titled. The dealer must obtain an affidavit from the
owner and then use the affidavit to obtain a title. Section 4 extends this
authorization and procedure to off-highway vehicles:
  • Privately transferred on or after July 1, 2014, and before
July 1, 2022; or
  • Used exclusively for agricultural purposes on private land.

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Bill: HB21-1025
Title: Nonsubstantive Emails And Open Meetings Law
Bill Subject- State Government
DescriptionConcerning a clarification under the Colorado open meetings law of the requirements governing communication by electronic mail that does not relate to the substance of public business.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Ginal (D)
House:
Summary

Under current provisions of the Open Meetings Law (OML), if
elected officials use electronic mail to discuss pending legislation or other
public business among themselves, the electronic mail constitutes a

meeting that is subject to the OML's requirements. The bill substitutes the
word exchange for the word use in describing the type of electronic
mail communication that triggers the application of the OML.
The bill also clarifies existing statutory provisions to specify that
electronic mail communication between elected officials that does not
relate to the merits or substance of pending legislation or other public
business is not a meeting for OML purposes. Under the bill, the type of
electronic communication that also does not constitute a meeting for
OML purposes includes electronic communication regarding scheduling
and availability as well as electronic communication that is sent by an
elected official for the purpose of forwarding information, responding to
an inquiry from an individual who is not a member of the state or local
public body, or posing a question for later discussion by the public body.

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Bill: HB21-1027
Title: Continue Alcohol Beverage Takeout And Delivery
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
DescriptionConcerning the authorization for certain alcohol license holders to offer alcohol beverages for consumption off the licensed premises, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Reconsider (06/16/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Priola (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House:
C. Larson (R)
D. Roberts (D)
Summary

Colorado law authorizes certain license holders, who normally
offer alcohol beverages for consumption on the licensed premises, to
offer takeout and delivery of alcohol beverages. This authorization
repeals on July 1, 2021. The bill removes the repeal to continue the
authorization indefinitely.

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Bill: HB21-1028
Title: Annual Public Report Affordable Housing
Bill Subject- Housing
DescriptionConcerning the preparation by the division of housing within the department of local affairs of an annual public report that provides information on money administered by the state to promote the provision of affordable housing, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
T. Story (D)
R. Woodward (R)
House:
S. Bird (D)
J. Rich (R)
Summary

Not later than October 1, 2021, and not later than October 1 of
each year thereafter, the bill requires the division of housing (division) in

the department of local affairs to prepare a public report that specifies the
total amount of money that:
  • The division or the state housing board (board) received
from any federal, state, other public, or any private source
during the prior fiscal year; and
  • The division or the board expended from state funding
during the prior fiscal year to make an award in the form of
a grant or loan to promote the provision of affordable
housing.
The bill identifies various items the report must address. The
report shall be posted on the division's website and shared with the board
and the general assembly.

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Bill: HB21-1030
Title: Expanding Peace Officers Mental Health Grant Program
Bill Subject- Public Health
DescriptionConcerning expanding the peace officers behavioral health support grant program to include community partnerships, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Buckner (D)
J. Cooke (R)
House:
H. McKean (R)
J. McCluskie (D)
Summary

The bill expands the peace officers mental health support grant
program to include funding for on-scene response services to enhance law
enforcement's handling of calls for services related to persons with mental
health disorders and social service needs, including calls that do not
require the presence of a peace officer.

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Bill: HB21-1031
Title: Jurisdiction To Modify Family Law Orders On Appeal
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Courts & Judicial
DescriptionConcerning continuing jurisdiction to modify family law orders during the pendency of an appeal.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lee (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House:
L. Daugherty (D)
D. Woog (R)
Summary

The bill declares the intention of the general assembly to reverse
the holding and decision in the Colorado supreme court's (court) January
13, 2020, opinion in In re: The Parental Responsibilities Concerning
W.C.

The bill gives the court continuing jurisdiction during the
pendency of an appeal:

  • Under article 10 of title 14, to modify a decree respecting
child support or maintenance; to make or modify an order
granting or denying parenting time rights; and to modify an
order allocating decision-making responsibilities;
  • Under the Uniform Child-custody Jurisdiction and
Enforcement Act, to exercise temporary emergency
jurisdiction;
  • Under the Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act, to
modify an order concerning the allocation of parental rights
and responsibilities; and
  • Under the Uniform Parentage Act, to modify an order for
child support or for allocation of parental rights and
responsibilities.

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Bill: HB21-1044
Title: Winery License Include Noncontiguous Areas
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
DescriptionConcerning allowing a manufacturer of vinous liquors to maintain licensed premises consisting of multiple noncontiguous locations, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Bridges (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House:
E. Hooton (D)
C. Larson (R)
Summary

The bill allows a winery that holds a manufacturer's or limited
winery license to maintain licensed premises comprising up to 5
noncontiguous locations within a 10-mile radius. The department of
revenue must approve an application for the use of a proposed
noncontiguous location if the alcohol and tobacco tax and trade bureau of

the United States department of the treasury has approved the description
and diagram of the premises at that location, subject to proof of
compliance with local codes and zoning requirements.
Any additional noncontiguous locations that fall outside the
approved boundaries of an entertainment district or a common
consumption area are excluded from that district or area, and any
noncontiguous location that is to be used as a sales room is subject to
individual approval for use as a sales room. Only one sales room may be
located at a noncontiguous location.

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Bill: HB21-1045
Title: Invasive Pest Control Administration
Bill Subject- Agriculture
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning the department of agriculture's authority to control pests.
StatusSent to the Governor (05/11/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
House:
D. Valdez (D)
M. Young (D)
Summary

The bill creates the emergency invasive-pest response fund (fund),
which is subject to annual appropriation. The commissioner of agriculture
(commissioner) may expend money from the fund to implement the bill
and emergency measures to control or eradicate invasive pests. The state
agricultural commission (commission) may request that, at the end of
each fiscal year, money in the plant health, pest control, and

environmental protection cash fund be transferred to the fund. The
commissioner is authorized to seek and expend gifts, grants, or donations
from private or public sources for the new fund.
The commissioner may:
  • Enter into an agreement with any person or local
government to provide pest control services. The
department of agriculture may provide pest control services
directly or through a local government and may require
remuneration for providing pest control services. The
remuneration is deposited in the fund.
  • Work cooperatively with the United States secretary of
agriculture to implement a joint phytosanitary program if
the program would economically or environmentally assist
with mitigating or eradicating the spread of a regulated
nonquarantine pest; and
  • Quarantine anything that harbors a pest if the pest has an
economically unacceptable impact and if the measures to
control the pest may achieve an acceptable level of official
control.
If the commissioner determines that a public nuisance creates an
unacceptable risk of spreading a pest, the commissioner may coordinate
with industry to, support local governments to, and make grants to take
emergency action to quarantine, control, or eradicate an invasive pest.
The commission may establish procedures for determining what
is a public nuisance.

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Bill: HB21-1046
Title: Water Share Right Mutual Ditch Corporation
Bill Subject- Agriculture
- Business & Economic Development
- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning the use of a water right obtained through a mutual ditch corporation.
StatusSent to the Governor (05/11/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Sonnenberg (R)
R. Fields (D)
House:
M. Catlin (R)
Summary

For a mutual ditch corporation, the bill creates a presumption,
which may be changed by changing the corporation's articles of
incorporation or bylaws, that the shares of stock owned by a stockholder
in the corporation represent:
  • The right to use the water rights appropriated or purchased
by the corporation; and

  • Corresponding rights to divert and deliver the stockholder's
water rights through a ditch, canal, reservoir, or other
works.
The bill also authorizes these water rights to be limited to a pro
rata amount at times when shareholder demand exceeds available supply.
A mutual ditch corporation may operate using traditional ditch operating
practices.
The bill clarifies that:
  • When a shareholder is not using some of or all of the
available water under the shareholder's rights, the right to
use the water rights does not include the right to prevent
other stockholders from using any portion of the
corporation's water rights; and
  • The statutes covering ditch and reservoir companies do not
prevent a stockholder from changing the use of the
stockholder's shares or change the standards for water court
approval to change a water right.

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Bill: HB21-1047
Title: County Commissioner Districts Gerrymandering
Bill Subject- Elections & Redistricting
- Local Government
DescriptionConcerning the drawing of voting districts by county governments.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/29/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lee (D)
House:
C. Kennedy (D)
Summary

The bill establishes the process used by county commissioner
redistricting commissions (commissions) to divide counties that have any
number of their county commissioners not elected by the voters of the
whole county into county commissioner districts. In these counties, the
bill:
  • Requires the commissions to hold multiple hearings

throughout the relevant counties that are broadcast and
stored online and comply with state statutes regarding open
meetings;
  • Requires the commission to provide the opportunity for
public involvement by providing the ability to propose and
comment on maps and to testify at commission hearings
both in person and electronically;
  • Prohibits improper communication between a member of
the commission and the staff of the commission;
  • Mandates that paid lobbying of the commissions be
disclosed to the secretary of state by the lobbyist;
  • Establishes prioritized factors for the commissions to use
in drawing districts, including federal requirements, the
preservation of communities of interest and political
subdivisions, and maximizing the number of competitive
districts;
  • Prohibits the commissions from approving a map if it has
been drawn for the purpose of protecting one or more
incumbent members, or one or more declared candidates,
of the board of county commissioners, or any political
party, and codifies current federal law and related existing
federal requirements prohibiting maps drawn for the
purpose of or that results in the denial or abridgement of a
person's right to vote or electoral influence on account of
a person's race, ethnic origin, or membership in a protected
language group;
  • Requires the commission to approve a redistricting map
and specifies the date by which a final map must be
approved;
  • Specifies that the staff of each commission will draft a
preliminary redistricting map and up to 3 additional maps,
and, in the event of deadlock by a commission, creates a
process by which staff submit a final map to a panel of
district court judges for review based on specified criteria;
and
  • Requires judicial review of a commission-approved or
staff-submitted redistricting map, and limits district court
judicial panel review to whether a commission or the staff
committed an abuse of discretion.
The bill recommends that counties establish independent county
commissioner redistricting commissions and provides criteria to consider
when creating these independent commissions.
The bill aligns the redistricting population data used to establish
county commissioner districts with the redistricting population data used
to establish congressional districts, state house of representative districts,
and state senate districts.
The bill also requires that, in a county where any number of county
commissioners are not elected by the voters of the whole county and the
board of county commissioners refers a measure to the voters of the
county to change the method of electing county commissioners, the
referred measure must provide at least 2 different methods of electing
county commissioners.
Finally, the bill repeals anachronistic county precinct size rules and
allows county clerk and recorders to redraw precincts less often.

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Bill: HB21-1048
Title: Retail Business Must Accept Cash
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- Financial Services & Commerce
DescriptionConcerning a requirement that retail establishments accept United States currency for purchases.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/10/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
A. Valdez (D)
Summary

The bill requires retail establishments that offer goods or services
to accept United States currency (cash) to purchase the goods or services,
but applies only to establishments that have an individual accepting
payment in person. A violation is a class 2 petty offense punishable by a
fine of up to $500.

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Bill: HB21-1050
Title: Workers' Compensation
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
DescriptionConcerning the "Workers' Compensation Act of Colorado", and, in connection therewith, making changes that affect the timely payment of benefits, guardian ad litem and conservator services, benefit offsets related to the receipt of federal disability or retirement benefits, the reduction of benefits based on apportionment, the selection of independent medical examiners, limits on temporary disability and permanent partial disability payments, the withdrawal of admissions of liability, mileage expense reimbursement, the authority of prehearing administrative law judges, the reopening of permanent total disability awards, and petitions for review and appeals of orders.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/11/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Cooke (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House:
K. Van Winkle (R)
M. Gray (D)
Summary

The bill:
  • Adds guardian ad litem and conservator services to the list
of medical aid that an employer is required to furnish to an
employee who is incapacitated as a result of a work-related
injury or occupational disease (section 1 of the bill);
  • Requires an injured worker who is claiming mileage
reimbursement for travel related to obtaining compensable
medical care to submit a request to the employer or insurer
within 120 days after the expense is incurred, and requires
the employer or insurer to pay or dispute mileage within 30
days after submittal and to include in the brochure of
claimants' rights an explanation of rights to mileage
reimbursement and the deadline for filing a request
(sections 1 and 7);
  • Clarifies that offsets to disability benefits granted by the
federal Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance
Amendments of 1965 only apply if the payments were not
already being received by the employee at the time of the
work-related injury (section 2);
  • Prohibits the reduction of an employee's temporary total
disability, temporary partial disability, or medical benefits
based on apportionment under any circumstances; limits
apportionment of permanent impairment to specific
situations; and declares that the employer or insurer bears
the burden of proof, by a preponderance of the evidence, at
a hearing regarding apportionment of permanent
impairment or permanent total disability benefits (section
3
);
  • Adds the following conditions that must be met for an
employer or insurer to request the selection of an
independent medical examiner when an authorized treating
physician has not determined that the employee has reached
maximum medical improvement (MMI): An examining
physician must have examined the employee at least 20
months after the date of the injury, have determined that the
employee has reached MMI, and have served a written
report to the authorized treating physician specifying that
the examining physician has determined that the employee
has reached MMI; and the authorized treating physician
must have responded that the employee has not reached
MMI or must have failed to respond within 15 days after
service of the report (section 4);
  • Changes the whole person impairment rating applicable to
an injured worker from 25% to 19% for purposes of
determining the maximum amount of combined temporary
disability and permanent partial disability payments an
injured worker may receive (section 5);
  • Clarifies when benefits and penalties payable to an injured
worker are deemed paid (section 6);
  • Prohibits an employer or insurer from withdrawing an
admission of liability when 2 years or more have passed
since the date the admission of liability on the issue of
compensability was filed, except in cases of fraud (section
7
);
  • Prohibits the director of the division of workers'
compensation or an administrative law judge from
determining issues of compensability or liability unless
specific benefits or penalties are awarded or denied at the
same time (section 8);
  • Clarifies the scope of authority of prehearing
administrative law judges (section 9);
  • Increases the threshold amount that an injured worker must
earn in order for permanent total disability payments to
cease and allows for annual adjustment of the threshold
amount starting in 2022 (section 11); and
  • Clarifies the orders that are subject to review or appeal
(sections 10 and 12).

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Bill: HB21-1051
Title: Public Information Applicants For Public Employment
Bill Subject- Local Government
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning publicly available information about applicants for public employment.
StatusGovernor Became Law (05/25/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
L. Liston (R)
B. Pettersen (D)
House:
S. Bird (D)
T. Geitner (R)
Summary

Under the bill, a state public body conducting a search for a chief
executive officer of an agency, authority, institution, or other entity is
required to name one or more candidates as finalists and to make the
finalist or finalists public prior to making an offer of employment. The
application materials of an applicant for any employment position,
including an applicant for an executive position who is not a finalist, are

not subject to public inspection under the Colorado Open Records Act.
The bill repeals a provision requiring that, if 3 or fewer candidates for an
executive position meet the minimum requirements for the position, all
of those candidates must be treated as finalists and their application
materials are public records.

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Bill: HB21-1052
Title: Define Pumped Hydroelectricity As Renewable Energy
Bill Subject- Energy
- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning the inclusion of pumped hydroelectric energy generation in the definition of "eligible energy resources" for purposes of meeting Colorado's renewable energy standard.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/22/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Woodward (R)
House:
H. McKean (R)
Summary

The bill removes the existing restriction on pumped hydroelectric
facilities as a source of recycled energy, which is included in the
definition of an eligible energy resource under the renewable energy

standard statute.

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Bill: HB21-1054
Title: Housing Public Benefit Verification Requirement
Bill Subject- Local Government
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning a housing assistance exception to the requirement to verify lawful presence in the United States for public benefits.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
D. Jackson (D)
Summary

The bill creates a public or assisted housing benefit exception to
the requirement that an applicant for federal, state, or local public benefits
verify lawful presence in the United States.

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Bill: HB21-1055
Title: Compensation For School District Board Members
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning allowing compensation for a school district board of education by written resolution.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Pettersen (D)
F. Winter (D)
House:
S. Woodrow (D)
Summary

The bill removes the restriction on compensation for a president
or vice-president of a school district board of education (board) and
allows for the compensation of members of a board. The bill also clarifies
that any modification to compensation cannot occur during an officer's or
member's term in office. The bill also requires that a board set
compensation rates for officers and members by written resolution. The

bill also allows members of a board to be reimbursed for necessary
expenses in amounts approved by a majority vote of the board.

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Bill: HB21-1056
Title: Cost Thresholds For Public Project Bidding Requirements
Bill Subject- Capital Construction
- State Government
- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning public projects supervised by the department of transportation that are subject to the "Construction Bidding for Public Projects Act".
StatusGovernor Signed (05/24/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
C. Hansen (D)
House:
R. Pelton (R)
Summary

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

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

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Bill: HB21-1057
Title: Extortion Of Immigrants Engaging In Lawful Acts
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning a prohibition against the extortion of immigrants for engaging in lawful acts.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/20/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Cooke (R)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
D. Roberts (D)
K. Tipper (D)
Summary

Under current law, it is criminal extortion to threaten to report
another person's immigration status to law enforcement to induce the
threatened person to give the person money or another item of value. The
bill adds to that version of criminal extortion a prohibition against
threatening to report a person's immigration status to law enforcement to
induce the threatened person to perform an act or refrain from performing

a lawful act.

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Bill: HB21-1059
Title: Online Student Protections
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning protections for students who participate in online instruction.
StatusSent to the Governor (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lundeen (R)
House:
T. Geitner (R)
M. Bradfield (R)
Summary

If a school district, board of cooperative services, or charter school
(local education provider) provides educational programming via online
instruction to a student (online student), the bill prohibits the local
education provider from:
  • Prohibiting the online student's parent from being present
while the student participates in online instruction;

  • Recording the online student without prior written approval
from the student's parent;
  • Imposing requirements concerning the online student's
physical environment except to directly assist the student in
focusing on instruction; and
  • Suspending or expelling an online student based on an item
observed in the student's physical environment or the
student's behavior while participating in online instruction,
unless the behavior constitutes repeated interference with
the local education provider's ability to provide online
instruction to other students.
The bill specifies that the limitation on suspending or expelling an
online student applies to suspensions and expulsions that occur on or after
March 23, 2020.
The bill specifies that the premises, facilities, and buildings of an
educational institution do not include the private residence of an online
student for purposes of the crime of interference with staff, faculty, or
students of educational institutions.

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Bill: HB21-1060
Title: U Visa Certification Requirements
Bill Subject- Courts & Judicial
- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
- Immigration
DescriptionConcerning the certification process for the purpose of application for U nonimmigrant status.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/10/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
I. Jodeh (D)
Summary

To be eligible for U nonimmigrant status (U visa) from the federal
government, a requestor must receive a certification form from a
certifying official attesting that the person has been the victim of certain
criminal activity and has been, is being, or is likely to be helpful to the
detection, investigation, or prosecution of the criminal activity. The bill
sets a required time frame for completion or denial of the certification

request and sets forth the factors that may and may not be considered in
the certification process. The bill also prohibits certain disclosures to
immigration authorities and requires law enforcement to provide crime
victims with information about the U visa.

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Bill: HB21-1061
Title: Residential Land Property Tax Classification
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
- Local Government
DescriptionConcerning the definition of residential land for the purpose of property tax classification.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/27/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
C. Hansen (D)
House:
M. Gray (D)
Summary

The bill modifies the definition of the term residential land for
the purpose of property tax classification. Currently, a parcel of land
without a residential improvement is classified as residential land if it is
contiguous with a parcel of land under common ownership upon which
a residential improvement is located and if it is used as a unit in
conjunction with the residential improvements located thereon. The bill

modifies classification for this type of parcel by:
  • Requiring the parcel to have the identical owner as the
adjacent parcel based on the record title;
  • Requiring the parcel to have a related improvement that is
essential to the use of a residential improvement located on
the identically owned contiguous residential land; and
  • Specifying that contiguity in this instance is not interrupted
by an intervening local service street, alley, or common
element in a common-interest community.
The bill also removes from the definition parcels of land in a
residential subdivision, the exclusive use of which land is established by
the ownership of such residential improvements.

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Bill: HB21-1063
Title: Model Law Credit Extraterritorial Reinsurance
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Insurance
DescriptionConcerning additional means by which credit for reinsurance may be allowed to a domestic ceding insurer.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/19/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
S. Lontine (D)
Summary

Federal law preempts the extraterritorial application of state credit
for reinsurance law but permits a state to enact reinsurance collateral
reforms on an individual basis if the state is accredited. The bill enacts a
model law adopted by the National Association of Insurance
Commissioners (NAIC), which is necessary to maintain the continued

accreditation of the Colorado division of insurance with the NAIC and
makes Colorado's reinsurance statutes substantially similar to those found
in other states. The model law specifies the grounds upon which a
domestic insurer can get credit in Colorado for reinsurance provided by
an assuming insurer that is domiciled in an extraterritorial jurisdiction and
thereby avoids federal preemption that would otherwise occur by 2022.

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Bill: HB21-1064
Title: Update Processes Juvenile Sex Offender Registry
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Courts & Judicial
- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Descriptionconcerning the treatment of persons with mental health disorders in the criminal and juvenile justice systems regarding juveniles who have committed sex offenses, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (05/24/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
A. Benavidez (D)
J. Amabile (D)
Summary

The bill implements various recommendations of the legislative
oversight committee concerning the treatment of persons with mental

health disorders in the criminal and juvenile justice systems regarding
juveniles who have committed sex offenses, including:
  • Specifying that if a juvenile who is moving to Colorado
would be otherwise required to register on Colorado's sex
offender registry (registry) but the juvenile's duty to register
in another state has been terminated by a court order, then
the juvenile is not required to register or petition the court
for removal from the registry;
  • Expanding judicial discretion at the time of sentencing to
exempt from registration or from requiring juveniles to
register for all first offense registerable juvenile sex crimes
if a sex offender management board evaluator recommends
exemption and the juvenile is otherwise statutorily eligible;
  • Adding language to adult or juvenile provisions that
currently reference only crimes defined as unlawful sexual
behavior to also include convictions and adjudications for
nonsexual crimes where there has been, pursuant to statute,
a judicial finding of an underlying factual basis involving
unlawful sexual behavior;
  • Adding a requirement for the court to send notice before
the end of each juvenile's sentence concerning a juvenile's
duty to register and set a hearing to consider the juvenile's
ongoing duty to register;
  • Adding language that if a person is required to register due
to an adjudication or disposition as a juvenile, the duty to
register automatically terminates either when the person
reaches 25 years of age or 7 years from the date the
juvenile was required to register, whichever occurs later;
  • Adding language that if a person whose duty to register has
automatically terminated either attempts to register or
inquires with local law enforcement as to whether the duty
to register has automatically terminated, local law
enforcement shall advise the person that the person's duty
to register terminated, remove the person from any local
law enforcement registry, and notify the Colorado bureau
of investigation (CBI) that the person's duty to register has
terminated. Local law enforcement or the CBI may charge
a fee, not to exceed $15, to determine whether a person's
duty to register has terminated.
  • Allowing a person whose duty to register arose from an
adjudication or disposition as a juvenile, and whose duty to
register automatically terminated when the person reached
25 years of age or 7 years had passed from the date the
person was required to register, whichever was later, but
the person's name has not already been removed from the
sex offender registry, to petition for an order to remove the
person's name from the sex offender registry;
  • Changing the current law that allows the Colorado bureau
of investigation (CBI) to inform a requesting party if a
person is on the registry so that the CBI may release
information about a juvenile only under certain restrictions;
  • Requiring the CBI to collect data on the number of times
information is requested and released concerning juveniles
on the registry;
  • Creating a new unclassified misdemeanor for members of
the public who submit a false statement to the CBI for
purposes of obtaining juvenile registry information or who
use such information in a prohibited manner;
  • Updating current law regarding the posting of information
on the registry to the internet to specifically exclude
juveniles;
  • Clarifying that a local law enforcement agency may not
release or post on its website information regarding
juveniles on the registry;
  • Changing current law that requires lifetime registration for
an adult who has more than one adjudication as a juvenile
so that juvenile adjudications alone may not trigger
mandatory lifetime registration; and
  • Updating language in the Colorado Crime Victim Rights
Act to clarify victim rights when a petition or motion is
made to terminate sex offender registration.

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Bill: HB21-1065
Title: Veterans' Hiring Preference
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
DescriptionConcerning the authority of a private employer to adopt a veterans' preference employment policy when hiring new employees.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
L. Garcia (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House:
T. Carver (R)
D. Ortiz (D)
Summary

The bill creates a statutory basis to allow a private employer to
give preference to a veteran of the armed forces or the National Guard
and the spouse of a disabled veteran or a service member killed in the line
of duty when hiring a new employee, as long as the veteran or the spouse
is as qualified as other applicants for employment. The bill allows a

private employer's veterans' preference employment policy to also include
the preferential hiring of veterans who have been discharged from active
duty within the last 10 years, as determined by the discharge date. The bill
clarifies that a private employer that adopts a program that gives
preferences to veterans or their spouses is not committing a
discriminatory or unfair labor practice.

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Bill: HB21-1066
Title: CDOT Colorado Department of Transportation Financial Reporting Requirements
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning the modification of monthly financial reporting requirements of the department of transportation.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Smallwood (R)
R. Woodward (R)
House:
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
R. Bockenfeld (R)
Summary

Legislative Audit Committee. The bill modifies monthly
financial reporting requirements for the department of transportation to:
  • Require the department to include in the monthly report
that it submits to the state controller under current law:
  • Sufficient financial information for the controller to
complete a review of legal overexpenditures, any

deficit fund balances, and a budget to actual report
for all budget lines within the annual general
appropriations act; and
  • Any additional information that is deemed
reasonable and necessary by the controller; and
  • Require the department to submit a monthly budget report
to the transportation commission of the expenditures made
from each budget category and the unexpended and
unencumbered balance of each budget subcategory and to
make each report publicly available on the department's
website.

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Bill: HB21-1067
Title: College Admission Use Of National Test Score
Bill Subject- Higher Education
DescriptionConcerning a national assessment test score as an eligibility criterion for admission to a Colorado institution of higher education.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/25/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Buckner (D)
T. Story (D)
House:
T. Exum Sr. (D)
M. Baisley (R)
C. Kipp (D)
Summary

The governing board of a state institution of higher education
(institution) may, but is not required to, require a national assessment test
score as an eligibility criterion for admission.
Each institution shall submit an annual report to the department of
higher education concerning the first-time freshman cohort. The

department of higher education shall submit a collective annual report to
the education committees of the house of representatives and the senate.

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Bill: HB21-1068
Title: Insurance Coverage Mental Health Wellness Exam
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
DescriptionConcerning health insurance coverage for an annual mental health wellness examination performed by a qualified mental health care provider, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Moreno (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
House:
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
B. Titone (D)
Summary

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

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

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Bill: HB21-1069
Title: Enforcement Of Sexual Exploitation Of A Child
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning enhancing the enforcement of crimes of sexual exploitation of a child, and, in connection therewith, requiring a post-enactment review of the implementation of this act and making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House:
T. Carver (R)
D. Roberts (D)
Summary

The bill updates certain actions described as sexual exploitation of
a child to reflect access and viewing due to evolving technology.
The bill makes sexual exploitation of a child an extraordinary risk
crime, enhancing the presumptive sentencing range in certain
circumstances.
The bill creates the sexual exploitation of children surcharge for

any person who is convicted of or receives a deferred sentence for sexual
exploitation of a child. Ninety-five percent of the surcharge goes to the
sexual exploitation of children surcharge fund. The money in the fund
will provide funding to the Colorado bureau of investigation (bureau) to
develop and acquire, and allow the bureau to help other law enforcement
agencies with developing and acquiring, necessary technological and
expert resources to investigate and prosecute computer-facilitated crimes
of sexual exploitation of a child.

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Bill: HB21-1071
Title: Ranked Choice Voting In Nonpartisan Elections
Bill Subject- Elections & Redistricting
DescriptionConcerning the use of ranked choice voting in nonpartisan elections.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
F. Winter (D)
S. Fenberg (D)
House:
C. Kennedy (D)
Summary

Beginning in 2023, the bill allows a municipality to refer a
municipal election using instant runoff voting to be conducted as part of
a coordinated election. The secretary of state is required to promulgate
rules establishing the minimum system requirements and specifications
for a voting system to be used in an election using instant runoff voting
by March 31, 2022. After March 31, 2022, a system that has been tested

and satisfies the standards promulgated by the secretary of state may be
submitted for certification for use in an election using instant runoff
voting. If the secretary of state certifies a system, the secretary is required
to negotiate and purchase, if possible, a single annual statewide license
with the provider to allow each county that uses the voting system to
conduct elections using instant runoff voting.
On and after January 1, 2023, a statutory city or town or home rule
municipality that has taken formal action to conduct an election using
instant runoff voting may refer the election to be conducted as part of a
coordinated election by providing written notice to the county clerk and
recorder. If the county uses a voting system that is certified for use in an
election using instant runoff voting, the county clerk and recorder must
conduct the election as part of the coordinated election. The municipality
referring the election is responsible for any reasonable additional costs the
county incurs as a result of conducting an instant runoff voting election.
If the referring municipality is located in more than one county, the
counties are required to conduct the election using instant runoff voting
only if each county receives timely notice, each county uses a voting
system certified for such use, and the data from all the counties' voting
systems can be tabulated together in accordance with rules promulgated
by the secretary of state for conducting instant runoff elections across
multiple counties. The counties and the municipality are required to enter
into an agreement for the conduct of the election, which must specify the
procedures for the county canvass boards to canvass the election.
For any instant runoff voting election conducted as part of a
coordinated election, the secretary of state is the designated election
official responsible for tabulating and reporting the results. The secretary
of state is required, by December 31, 2022, to promulgate rules related to
instant runoff voting elections including the procedures for conducting
logic and accuracy tests and risk limiting audits, and for the tabulation,
reporting, and canvassing of results.

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Bill: HB21-1072
Title: Equal Access Services For Out-of-home Placements
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning equal access to services related to out-of-home placements.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/19/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
House:
M. Froelich (D)
Summary

The bill requires a provider of services related to child and youth
out-of-home placement (service provider) to provide fair and equal access
to all available programs, benefits, and services offered by the service
provider. Services related to out-of-home placement must be provided in
a manner that is culturally responsive to the complex social identity of the
youth receiving such services.

A service provider is prohibited from denying any person the
opportunity to become an adoptive or a foster parent, or delaying or
denying the placement of a child for adoption or into foster care, on the
basis of the real or perceived disability, race, creed, religion, color, sex,
sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status,
national origin, ancestry, or any communicable disease, including HIV,
of the prospective adoptive or foster parent or the child.
The bill requires that foster parent training include instruction on
the right of a foster child to have fair and equal access to all available
services and other health and educational services available to foster
children.

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Bill: HB21-1073
Title: Support Foster Families License Plate
Bill Subject- Human Services
- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning the creation of a "support foster families" license plate, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (05/19/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Moreno (D)
B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House:
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
T. Van Beber (R)
Summary

The bill creates the support foster families license plate for
vehicles. A person is qualified to be issued the plate if the person makes
a donation to a designated nonprofit organization that meets the bill's
qualifications. In addition to the normal fees for a license plate, a person
must pay 2 additional one-time fees for the issuance of the plate. The fees
are credited to the highway users tax fund and the licensing services cash

fund, respectively.

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Bill: HB21-1075
Title: Replace The Term Illegal Alien
Bill Subject- Immigration
DescriptionConcerning replacing the term "illegal alien" with "worker without authorization" as it relates to public contracts for services.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
S. Lontine (D)
Summary

The bill replaces the term illegal alien with worker without
authorization as it relates to public contracts for services.

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Bill: HB21-1076
Title: Carpooling Service Internet Application Register Colorado Department Of Transportation
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning carpooling service internet applications, and, in connection therewith, requiring that application owners or operators register with the department of transportation.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/19/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Donovan (D)
D. Hisey (R)
House:
J. McCluskie (D)
P. Will (R)
Summary

The bill requires the owner or operator of a carpooling service
internet application (internet application) to register annually with the
department of transportation. Owners or operators are also required to

disclose to users of the internet application that carpooling service
companies are not regulated by the state; that the state does not conduct
medical examinations, vehicle inspections, or insurance verification in
relation to the provision of carpooling service; and that background
checks on drivers might not be conducted. The bill also requires that the
amount that can be charged to a user through the internet application be
reasonably calculated to cover the direct and indirect costs of providing
carpooling service and limits the number of passengers that a driver
providing carpooling service through the internet application may
transport at any one time.

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Bill: HB21-1077
Title: Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning Tax Policy
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
Descriptionconcerning tax policy, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/01/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Moreno (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
A. Benavidez (D)
S. Bird (D)
Summary

The bill creates the legislative oversight committee concerning tax
policy (committee) and the associated task force (task force).
The committee is required to review the policy considerations
contained in the tax expenditure evaluations prepared by the state auditor
and is responsible for the oversight of the task force. The committee may
recommend legislative changes that are treated as bills recommended by

an interim legislative committee.
The task force is required to study tax policy and develop and
propose for committee consideration any modifications to the current
system of state and local taxation.
The task force is also authorized, upon request by a committee
member, to provide evidence-based feedback on the potential benefits or
consequences of a legislative or other policy proposal not directly
affiliated with or generated by the task force, including any bill or
resolution introduced by the general assembly that affects tax policy.

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Bill: HB21-1083
Title: State Board Assessment Appeals Valuation Adjustment
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning the modification on appeal of property valuation set by the county board of equalization.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Priola (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
House:
A. Benavidez (D)
Summary

Under current law, when a property owner appeals the valuation
of property set by a county board of equalization, the state board of
assessment appeals may not increase the valuation. The bill removes this
restriction.

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Bill: HB21-1084
Title: Drivers' Licenses For Foster Children
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning the ability of certain individuals in the custody of the state department of human services to acquire legal authority to drive, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Hisey (R)
C. Kolker (D)
House:
K. Van Winkle (R)
T. Exum Sr. (D)
Summary

The bill requires the state department of human services (state
department) to reimburse a county or district department of human or
social services (county department) for costs paid by the county
department to a public or private driving school for the provision of
driving instruction to an individual in the custody of the county

department who is 15 to 20 years of age.
The bill states that it does not waive or limit a county department's
governmental immunity or place any liability on a county department for:
  • Contracting with a driving school to provide driving
instruction to an individual who is in the custody of the
county department; or
  • An injury alleged to have occurred while an individual in
the custody of the county department received driving
instruction.
The bill requires the state board of human services to promulgate
rules on or before December 1, 2021, to administer the new requirements.
The bill states that:
  • A guardian ad litem, an official of a county department, or
an official of the division of youth services in the state
department who signs a minor's application for an
instruction permit or a minor driver's license but does not
sign an affidavit of liability does not impute liability on
themselves, on the county, or on the state for any damages
caused by the negligence or willful misconduct of the
applicant; and
  • An individual who is in the custody of the state department
or a county department who does not possess all of the
required documents to apply for an instruction permit or a
minor driver's license may be eligible for exception
processing pursuant to rules of the department of revenue.
The bill requires the executive director of the department of
revenue to promulgate rules on or before November 1, 2021, establishing,
to the extent permissible under federal law, forms of documentation that
are acceptable for the purpose of allowing individuals who are in the
custody of the state department or a county department to verify their
legal residence in the United States, establish identity, and satisfy any
other prerequisites for the acquisition of an instruction permit or a minor
driver's license.

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Bill: HB21-1085
Title: Secure Transportation Behavioral Health Crisis
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning secure transportation for an individual in behavioral health crisis, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/14/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Bridges (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
House:
C. Larson (R)
J. McCluskie (D)
Summary

The bill creates a regulatory and service system to provide secure
transportation services, with different requirements from traditional
ambulance services, for individuals experiencing a behavioral health
crisis. The department of human services shall allow for the development
of secure transportation alternatives.
The board of county commissioners of the county in which the

secure transportation service is based (commissioners) shall issue a
license to an entity (licensee), valid for 3 years, that provides secure
transportation services if the minimum requirements set by rule by the
state board of health are met or exceeded. The commissioners shall also
issue operating permits, valid for 12 months following issuance, to each
vehicle operated by the licensee. A fee may be charged for each license
to reflect the direct and indirect costs to the applicable county in
implementing secure transportation services licensure. The state board of
health is given authority to promulgate rules concerning secure
transportation licensure.
The department of health care policy and financing (department)
is directed to create and implement a secure transportation benefit on or
before January 1, 2023. The department is required to include information
on secure transportation services and benefits in its annual State
Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART)
Government Act report.
The bill exempts secure transportation services from regulation
under the public utilities commission.

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Bill: HB21-1087
Title: Teaching And Learning Conditions Survey
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning authorizing education support professionals to participate in the teaching and learning conditions survey, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/09/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Danielson (D)
House:
M. Bradfield (R)
L. Daugherty (D)
Summary

Under current law, the department of education (department)
administers the teaching and learning conditions survey (survey) every 2
years to assess teaching and learning conditions as predictors of student
achievement, retention of teachers, and the relationship between teaching
and learning conditions and school administration. The department

administers the survey to all preschool, elementary, and secondary
teachers in Colorado public schools.
Under current law, an education support professional (ESP) is not
permitted to take the survey. The bill authorizes an ESP who provides
direct instruction, supports licensed staff in an educational capacity, or
supports instruction and the learning environment to take the survey.

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Bill: HB21-1090
Title: Criminal Marijuana Offenses
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning certain criminal marijuana offenses.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/20/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
A. Valdez (D)
Summary

The bill eliminates the marijuana possession offense for possession
of 2 ounces of marijuana or less.
The bill requires the court to seal a conviction record, without
opportunity for the district attorney to object, for a marijuana possession
offense that is otherwise not sealed, if the person files documents with the
court that the person has not been convicted of a criminal offense since
the final disposition of all criminal proceedings or release from
supervision, whichever is later.

The bill allows a person who was convicted of a class 3 felony
marijuana cultivation offense to petition to have his or her conviction
record sealed.

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Bill: HB21-1091
Title: Sentencing Juveniles Transferred To Adult Court
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning sentencing parity for juveniles convicted as adults following the transfer of charges with juveniles convicted as adults following the direct filing of charges.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/24/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Buckner (D)
House:
L. Daugherty (D)
M. Lynch (R)
Summary

Under current law, a juvenile convicted as an adult following the
direct filing of charges in district court is not subject to the mandatory
minimum sentencing provisions for crimes of violence. However, a

juvenile convicted as an adult following the transfer of charges from
juvenile court to district court is subject to the mandatory minimum
sentencing for crimes of violence. The bill adds language to the juvenile
transfer statute to mirror the language currently found in the juvenile
direct file statutes, so a juvenile transferred to adult court is subject to the
same sentencing provisions as a juvenile who is in adult court based on
a direct file.

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Bill: HB21-1094
Title: Foster Youth In Transition Program
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning the transition of youth in Colorado's foster care system to successful adulthood, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Rankin (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
House:
L. Daugherty (D)
T. Van Beber (R)
Summary

The bill creates the foster youth in transition program (transition
program) in the state department of human services (state department) to
be implemented in county departments of human or social services
(county departments) throughout the state. The purpose of the transition
program is to allow foster youth who meet eligibility criteria to
voluntarily continue to receive certain child welfare services (services) up

until the last day of the month of the youth's twenty-first birthday, or such
greater age of foster care eligibility as required by federal law. Services
provided through the transition program must be client-directed and
developmentally appropriate as set forth in and agreed to through a
voluntary services agreement (agreement) developed and entered into
between the youth and county department.
The bill sets forth the eligibility criteria a youth must meet in order
to voluntarily participate in the transition program. A youth who is no
longer under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court and thinks he or she is
eligible for the transition program may make a written request to the
juvenile court (court) or county department where the youth resides. The
county department shall make a determination of eligibility. If the youth
is eligible, the county department shall explain the requirements and
benefits of the transition program to the youth and, with the youth,
develop an agreement that must be provided to the juvenile court together
with a petition to renew jurisdiction with the juvenile court.
The bill describes the services and supports that will be made
available to a youth through the transition program, including assistance
with enrolling in medicaid; assistance with securing appropriate housing;
and providing case management services, such as developing a roadmap
to success, obtaining employment, obtaining critical documents and
records, and accessing information about relatives and siblings, if
available and appropriate.
The bill sets forth the form and content required for a petition to
bring the youth under the juvenile court's jurisdiction. Upon receipt of
informed, written consent of the youth, a person may be named as a
special respondent in a case brought pursuant to the transition program.
A youth participating in the transition program must be appointed
counsel from a list of attorneys approved by the office of the child's
representative. If the youth is 18 years of age or older and, due to
diminished capacity, needs a guardian ad litem, one may also be
appointed.
Procedures for emancipation discharge and transition hearings
(hearing) are described in the bill, including a requirement to have a
personalized emancipation transition plan finalized for the youth no more
than 90 days prior to a hearing. The county department shall file a report
with the court at least 7 days prior to a transition hearing that includes
relevant details concerning a youth's status and plans to either emancipate
or enter the youth in transition program. With the youth's consent and in
certain circumstances, the court may continue a transition hearing for up
to 119 days.
The court shall hold periodic reviews of the youth's case at least
every 6 months to ensure that the transition program is providing the
youth with the necessary services to help the youth move toward
permanency and a successful transition to adulthood. The bill sets forth
procedures for the periodic reviews. The bill grants continuing
jurisdiction in a youth's case to the juvenile court under certain situations.
The bill creates the foster youth successful transition to adulthood
grant program (grant program) and associated advisory board (advisory
board). The purpose of the grant program is to support eligible youth to
successful transition into adulthood. Youth are eligible for services from
recipients of grants from the grant program if they are between the ages
of 18 and 23, were in foster care or adjudicated dependent and neglected,
and are participating voluntarily. The advisory board shall meet at least
2 times per year, and the bill outlines membership.
The state department is directed to promulgate rules for the
implementation of the transition program.
The bill makes conforming amendments.

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Bill: HB21-1095
Title: 811 Locate Exemption For County Road Maintenance
Bill Subject- Local Government
- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning excavation notification requirements for underground facility location in connection with county road maintenance.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Ginal (D)
R. Woodward (R)
House:
M. Baisley (R)
C. Kipp (D)
Summary

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

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Bill: HB21-1097
Title: Establish Behavioral Health Administration
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning recommendations from the Colorado behavioral health task force, and, in connection therewith, establishing a behavioral health administration.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/22/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House:
R. Pelton (R)
M. Young (D)
Summary

The bill addresses multiple recommendations from the Colorado
behavioral health task force (task force), created in 2019, related to the
creation of a behavioral health administration (BHA). The BHA would
be a single state agency to lead, promote, and administer the state's
behavioral health priorities.

The bill requires the department of human services (department)
to submit a plan for the creation and establishment of the BHA on or
before November 1, 2021, to the joint budget committee and on or before
January 30, 2022, to the department's committees of reference. The bill
outlines what the plan must, at a minimum, include. The essential duties
of the BHA, once established, are set forth.
A timeline is described for the establishment of the BHA in the
department and for a future determination of what state department, if
different than the department of human services, the BHA will exist.

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Bill: HB21-1099
Title: Policies And Procedures To Identify Domestic Abuse
Bill Subject- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning authorization to implement best practices for child welfare caseworkers to recognize domestic abuse, and, in connection therewith, addressing domestic abuse as a form of child abuse or neglect, and making an appropriation.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/24/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Zenzinger (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
House:
K. Ransom (R)
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Summary

Current law does not expressly recognize domestic abuse as a form
of child abuse or neglect. The bill adds domestic abuse, when a child's
parent, legal guardian, or custodian exposes a child to their perpetration

of domestic abuse, to the definition of child abuse or neglect.
Under current law, child welfare caseworkers do not have
established training policies or assessment procedures to identify and
assess situations when a child's parent, legal guardian, or custodian
exposes a child to their perpetration of domestic abuse. The bill requires
the department of human services to promulgate rules to implement
assessment policies, procedures, and training for child welfare
caseworkers to recognize and assess situations when a child's parent, legal
guardian, or custodian exposes a child to their perpetration of domestic
abuse.

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Bill: HB21-1100
Title: Electronic Filing Of Documents With Governmental Entities
Bill Subject- Local Government
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning the ability to file documents electronically with governmental entities.
StatusGovernor Signed (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lundeen (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House:
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
M. Soper (R)
Summary

The bill requires a governmental entity to establish an electronic
filing option by January 1, 2022, for each document required or allowed
to be filed with the governmental entity. A governmental entity includes
each principal department of the state and each county, and any agency,
department, board, or division thereof. The electronic filing option may
include accepting a scanned copy of the original document by email or

through a secure file transfer system. The electronic filing option must
comply with existing requirements for a governmental entity to have
reasonable security practices in place if the governmental entity receives
or maintains personal identifying information. The governmental entity
is not authorized to require a filing to be made only by electronic filing
if the department does not have authority under other law to require
electronic filing.

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Bill: HB21-1101
Title: Preserving Family Relationships In Child Placement
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning preserving familial connections in actions initiated pursuant to the children's code, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriations.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Buckner (D)
House:
K. Ransom (R)
Summary

With respect to a hearing in dependency and neglect for a child
under 6 years of age, the bill states that a court may find good cause for
granting a delay or continuance if there is evidence that in-person
visitation or services were significantly delayed or interrupted by a public
health emergency.
When a child is taken into the custody of a county department of

human or social services (county department) for allegations of neglect
or for other reasons, the bill requires the court to enter temporary
visitation orders with the child's parent if such orders are in the child's
best interests. The bill sets forth the contents of those orders, including
the minimum frequency and level of supervision of the visits. The court
shall order ongoing, in-person visitation unless it finds that in-person
visitation would endanger the child's health or welfare. Within 30 days
after the initial hearing, the county department shall make
recommendations to the court concerning ongoing visitation between the
parent and child and between the child and the child's siblings. A parent
is entitled to a hearing prior to an ongoing reduction in, suspension of, or
increase in the level of supervision, including a change from in-person
visitation to virtual visitation. The bill requires the court to enter visitation
orders consistent with the bill in various phases of the court proceedings.
The bill sets forth requirements for an open adoption in Colorado,
including provisions for entering into post-adoption contact agreements
between a child and the child's birth parent or parents, a birth relative, or
an Indian tribe if the child is a member. A post-adoption contact
agreement may include provisions for contact, visitation, or the exchange
of information. If a child is 12 years of age or older, the court shall not
order a post-adoption contact agreement unless the child consents to all
terms of the contact agreement. The bill includes provisions for the
enforcement, modification, and termination of a post-adoption contact
agreement.

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Bill: HB21-1102
Title: Consumer Protection For Dog And Cat Purchasers
Bill Subject- Agriculture
- Business & Economic Development
DescriptionConcerning requirements of pet stores that sell certain pet animals.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/01/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
House:
M. Duran (D)
M. Soper (R)
Summary

The bill creates the Pet Store Consumer Protection Act, which
prohibits a pet store that was not licensed by the commissioner of
agriculture prior to the effective date of the bill from selling or offering
to sell dogs or cats on or after the effective date of the bill.
The bill also requires each pet store licensed to sell or offer to sell
dogs or cats that continues to sell or offer to sell dogs or cats to:

  • Include on all advertisements, including website postings,
the purchase price of the dog or cat and any applicable
federal or state license numbers for the breeder of the dog
or cat;
  • Post on the enclosure of each dog or cat the purchase price
of the dog or cat and certain information on the dog's or
cat's breeder; and
  • Make certain written disclosures to a prospective consumer
prior to selling a dog or cat.

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Bill: HB21-1103
Title: Media Literacy Implementation
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning implementing the recommendations of the media literacy advisory committee in elementary and secondary education created pursuant to House Bill 19-1110.
StatusSent to the Governor (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
B. Pettersen (D)
House:
B. McLachlan (D)
L. Cutter (D)
Summary

The bill requires the department of education (department) to
create and maintain an online resource bank of materials and resources
pertaining to media literacy. At a minimum, the resource bank must

include the materials and resources recommended in the media literacy
advisory committee's report.
The bill requires the department, upon the request of a school
district, charter school, institute charter school, or board of cooperative
services, and subject to available resources, to provide technical
assistance to a school district, charter school, institute charter school, or
board of cooperative services, with implementing policies and
procedures, best practices, and recommendations related to media
literacy.
The bill requires the state board of education to review and adopt
revisions that implement media literacy within reading, writing, and
civics standards.

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Bill: HB21-1104
Title: Professional Educator Licensure Renewal Period
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning extending the renewal period for professional educator licenses from five to seven years, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing an appropriation.
StatusGovernor Signed (06/16/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Zenzinger (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
House:
B. McLachlan (D)
C. Larson (R)
Summary

The bill extends the renewal period for professional teacher,
special services educator, principal, and administrator licenses from 5 to
7 years. The bill allows for a professional teacher, special services
educator, principal, or administrator who is partially through the current
5-year licensing cycle to have that extended to 7 years for that particular
cycle.

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Bill: HB21-1105
Title: Low-income Utility Payment Assistance Contributions
Bill Subject- Energy
DescriptionConcerning utility customers' financial contributions for low-income utility assistance.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Priola (R)
C. Hansen (D)
House:
C. Kennedy (D)
Summary

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

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

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Bill: HB21-1106
Title: Safe Storage Of Firearms
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning measures to secure firearms to prevent use by persons not lawfully permitted to possess firearms.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/19/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Bridges (D)
C. Hansen (D)
House:
M. Duran (D)
K. Mullica (D)
Summary

The bill requires that firearms be responsibly and securely stored
when they are not in use to prevent access by unsupervised juveniles and
other unauthorized users. The bill creates the offense of unlawful storage
of a firearm if a person stores a firearm in a manner that the person
knows, or should know:
  • That a juvenile can gain access to the firearm without the

permission of the juvenile's parent or guardian; or
  • A resident of the premises is ineligible to possess a firearm
under state or federal law.
Unlawful storage of a firearm is a class 2 misdemeanor.
The bill requires licensed gun dealers to provide with each firearm,
at the time of a firearm sale or transfer, a locking device capable of
securing the firearm. Transferring a firearm without a locking device is
an unclassified misdemeanor punishable by a maximum $500 fine.
The bill requires the state court administrator to annually report to
the general assembly about the number of charges related to unsafe
firearms storage and the disposition of those charges.
The bill requires the office of suicide prevention within the
department of public health and environment (department) to include on
its website, and in materials provided to firearms-related businesses and
health care providers, information about the offense of unlawful storage
of a firearm, penalties for providing a handgun to a juvenile or allowing
a juvenile to possess a firearm, and the requirement that gun dealers
provide a locking device with each firearm transferred. Subject to
available money, the department is required to develop and implement a
firearms safe storage education campaign to educate the public about the
safe storage of firearms and state requirements related to firearms safety
and storage.

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Bill: HB21-1107
Title: Protections For Public Health Department Workers
Bill Subject- Courts & Judicial
- Public Health
DescriptionConcerning protections for certain public health workers.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/18/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lundeen (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House:
T. Carver (R)
Y. Caraveo (D)
Summary

Under current law, it is unlawful for a person to make available on
the internet personal information of a law enforcement official (official)
or a human services worker (worker), or the official's or worker's family,
if the dissemination of the personal information poses an imminent and
serious threat to the official's or worker's safety or the safety of the
official's or worker's family. A violation of this law is a class 1
misdemeanor.
Further, a worker meeting certain requirements specified in statute

may submit a written request to a state or local government official to
remove personal information from public records that are available on the
internet.
The bill adds the same protections for public health workers,
including employees, contractors, or employees of contractors of the
department of public health and environment, or of county or district
public health agencies, who are engaged in public health duties, and for
members of county or district boards of health, other than elected county
commissioners.

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Bill: HB21-1108
Title: Gender Identity Expression Anti-discrimination
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Higher Education
- Housing
- Human Services
- Labor & Employment
- Local Government
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning updates to prohibitions against gender-based discrimination to clarify the individuals who are included in a protected class.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/20/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Moreno (D)
House:
D. Esgar (D)
Summary

The bill amends the definition of sexual orientation and adds
definitions of the terms gender expression and gender identity. The
bill also adds the terms gender expression and gender identity to
statutes prohibiting discrimination against members of a protected class,
including statutes prohibiting discriminatory practices in the following

areas:
  • Membership of the Colorado civil rights commission;
  • Employment practices;
  • Housing practices;
  • Places of public accommodation;
  • Publications that advertise places of public
accommodation;
  • Consumer credit transactions;
  • Selection of patients by direct primary health care
providers;
  • Sales of cemetery plots;
  • Membership in labor organizations;
  • Colorado labor for public works projects;
  • Issuance or renewal of automobile insurance policies;
  • The provision of funeral services and crematory services;
  • Eligibility for jury service;
  • Issuance of licenses to practice law;
  • The juvenile diversion program;
  • Access to services for youth in foster care;
  • Enrollment in a charter school, institute charter school,
public school, or pilot school;
  • Local school boards' written policies regarding
employment, promotion, and dismissal;
  • The assignment or transfer of a public school teacher;
  • Leasing portions of the grounds of or improvements on the
grounds of the Colorado state university - Pueblo and the
Colorado school of mines;
  • Enrollment or classification of students at private
occupational schools;
  • Training provided to peace officers concerning the
prohibition against profiling;
  • Criminal justice data collection;
  • Employment in the state personnel system;
  • The availability of services for the prevention and
treatment of sexually transmitted infections;
  • Membership of the health equity commission;
  • The availability of family planning services;
  • Requirements for managed care programs participating in
the state medicaid program and the children's basic health
plan;
  • The treatment of and access to services by individuals in
facilities providing substance use disorder treatment
programs;
  • Employment practices of county departments of human or
social services involving the selection, retention, and
promotion of employees;
  • Practices of the Colorado housing and finance authority in
making or committing to make a housing facility loan;
  • The imposition of occupancy requirements on charitable
property for which the owner is claiming an exemption
from property taxes based on the charitable use of the
property;
  • The determination of whether expenses paid at or to a club
that has a policy to restrict membership are tax deductible;
and
  • Practices of transportation network companies in providing
services to the public.

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Bill: HB21-1109
Title: Broadband Board Changes To Expand Broadband Service
Bill Subject- Telecommunications & Information Technology
DescriptionConcerning the broadband deployment board, and, in connection therewith, moving the board from the department of regulatory agencies to the office of information technology, modifying the composition of the board, requiring the board to develop a request for proposal process for deploying broadband into critically unserved areas in the state, requiring the board to give additional consideration to proposed projects that would include discounted service for low-income households, and making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House:
B. Titone (D)
M. Soper (R)
Summary

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

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Bill: HB21-1110
Title: Colorado Laws For Persons With Disabilities
Bill Subject- Civil Law
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning adding language to relevant Colorado statutes related to persons with disabilities to strengthen protections against discrimination on the basis of disability, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Danielson (D)
House:
D. Ortiz (D)
Summary

The bill adds language to strengthen current Colorado law related
to protections against discrimination on the basis of disability for persons
with disabilities. The added provisions include:

  • Prohibiting a person with a disability from being excluded
from participating in or being denied the benefits of
services, programs, or activities of a public entity;
  • Clarifying that such prohibition includes the failure of a
public entity to substantially comply with web content
accessibility guidelines established and published by an
international consortium;
  • Any Colorado agency with the authority to promulgate
rules shall not promulgate a rule that provides less
protection than that provided by the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990.

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Bill: HB21-1111
Title: Consent Collection Personal Information
Bill Subject- State Government
DescriptionConcerning the possession of certain personal information by governmental entities.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Bridges (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
H. McKean (R)
Summary

The bill requires a governmental entity that maintains, owns, or
licenses computerized data that includes certain personal information
about any Colorado residents, or a governmental entity that uses a
third-party service provider to maintain computerized data that includes
certain personal information, to give notice to those Colorado residents
every 90 days.

The notice must give Colorado residents the option to either assent
to the governmental entity possessing the Colorado resident's personal
information or request that the governmental entity dispose of any paper
or electronic documents containing the Colorado resident's personal
identifying information.

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Bill: HB21-1112
Title: School District Scholarship Programs
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning authorization for a school district to establish a scholarship program for school district graduates using the school district's locally received money.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/18/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lee (D)
D. Hisey (R)
House:
M. Snyder (D)
M. Bradfield (R)
Summary

The bill authorizes a school district board of education to establish
a scholarship program for graduates of the school district. The
scholarships must be paid from additional mill levy revenue that the
school district is authorized to collect; gifts, grants, and donations; or
both. A board of education that establishes a scholarship program is

encouraged to prioritize low-income and first-generation students; limit
the tuition rate that may be paid using a scholarship; and specify the uses
of the scholarship. A school district that implements a scholarship
program must submit a report concerning the scholarship program and
scholarship recipients to the department of education, which must
compile the reports received and submit the compilation to the state board
of education and the education committees of the general assembly.

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Bill: HB21-1114
Title: School District Provision Of Internet Service
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Telecommunications & Information Technology
DescriptionConcerning the provision of internet service by a school district to enable individuals associated with the district to access a school district network.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/18/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
House:
M. Bradfield (R)
K. McCormick (D)
Summary

With certain exceptions, a local government is currently required
to obtain voter approval and meet other requirements before providing
internet access (advanced service) to the public. The bill specifies that
these requirements do not apply to a school district providing advanced
service that enables students, teachers, and staff members of the district

to access a school-owned and operated network to facilitate remote
learning.

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Bill: HB21-1115
Title: Board Of Health Member Requirements
Bill Subject- Local Government
DescriptionConcerning the regulation of members of boards of health, and, in connection therewith, regulating the members of state, county, and district boards of health.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/09/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Priola (R)
J. Ginal (D)
House:
K. Mullica (D)
C. Kipp (D)
Summary

The bill specifies that members of a county or district board of
health are not allowed to serve concurrently as members of a board of
county commissioners and as members of a county or district board of
health. The bill also allows members of a county or district board of
health to be removed for malfeasance or other specified reasons.

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Bill: HB21-1116
Title: Purple Heart Recipient Free State Park Access
Bill Subject- Military & Veterans
- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning access to state parks by purple heart recipients.
StatusSent to the Governor (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
L. Liston (R)
L. Garcia (D)
House:
R. Holtorf (R)
D. Ortiz (D)
Summary

The bill allows Colorado residents who display a purple heart
special license plate free entrance to any state park or recreation area, not
including campgrounds, on any day of the year that such park or area is
open.
The bill also allows a Colorado resident to acquire a free
transferable annual state parks pass by presenting the same documents
required for a purple heart special license plate at a regional office or the
central office of the division of parks and wildlife, or at any other

locations the division determines. Thus, Colorado residents who have
received a purple heart will be able to obtain free access to state parks
without acquiring a purple heart special license plate.

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Bill: HB21-1117
Title: Local Government Authority Promote Affordable Housing Units
Bill Subject- Housing
DescriptionConcerning the ability of local governments to promote the development of new affordable housing units pursuant to their existing authority to regulate land use within their territorial boundaries.
StatusSent to the Governor (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Rodriguez (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
S. Lontine (D)
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Summary

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

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

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Bill: HB21-1119
Title: Suicide Prevention, Intervention, & Postvention
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning lowering the suicide rate by enhancing care for persons affected by suicide, and, in connection therewith, broadening Colorado's focus to include suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/22/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
K. Donovan (D)
House:
J. Rich (R)
L. Daugherty (D)
Summary

The bill broadens the state's priorities and focus on suicide and
suicide attempts and the after-effects of those actions on attempt
survivors, family, friends, health care providers, first and last responders,

educators, and students in schools where a suicide or suicide attempt has
occurred.
The following entities are renamed as follows to reflect the new
state focus:
  • The office of suicide prevention is renamed as the office
of suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention;
  • The suicide prevention commission is renamed as the
suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention
commission and its duties expanded to include training
and education for health care providers, first and last
responders, and educators, as well as developing a plan for
follow-up care for suicide attempt survivors who were
treated in an emergency department;
  • The Colorado suicide prevention plan is renamed as the
Colorado suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention
plan. The components of the plan are expanded to include
training and education for health care providers, first and
last responders, and educators, as well as developing a plan
for follow-up care for suicide attempt survivors who were
treated in an emergency department.
  • The crisis and suicide prevention training grant program
is renamed as the crisis and suicide prevention,
intervention, and postvention training grant program; and
  • The suicide prevention coordination cash fund is
renamed as the suicide prevention, intervention, and
postvention coordination cash fund.

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Bill: HB21-1121
Title: Residential Tenancy Procedures
Bill Subject- Civil Law
- Courts & Judicial
DescriptionConcerning protections for residential tenants related to actions by landlords.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/09/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
D. Jackson (D)
I. Jodeh (D)
Summary

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

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

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Bill: HB21-1122
Title: First Responder Interactions Persons With Disabilities
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning establishing a commission to improve first responder interactions with persons with disabilities, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Ginal (D)
C. Kolker (D)
House:
M. Froelich (D)
C. Larson (R)
Summary

The bill establishes the commission on improving first responder
interactions with persons with disabilities (commission) in the attorney
general's office. The commission is comprised of 10 members, including
2 persons with a disability, 2 parents of a child with a disability, 2 first
responders, 2 representatives from advocacy organizations, the
vice-chairperson of the peace officer standards and training board

(P.O.S.T. board), and a member of the P.O.S.T. board's curriculum
subject matter expert committee.
After reviewing the existing Colorado peace officer training and
existing available curriculum, the commission must recommend to the
P.O.S.T. board a curriculum for peace officer training concerning
interactions with persons with disabilities. Subject to available
appropriations, the P.O.S.T. board must implement the recommended
curriculum by July 1, 2022. The commission is required to review
implementation of the curriculum and may recommend changes that the
P.O.S.T. board may adopt.
The commission is repealed on December 31, 2023, but prior to its
repeal the attorney general may recommend continuation of the
commission.
The bill requires the fire service training and certification advisory
board to advise the director of the division of fire prevention and control
on whether to include the commission's curriculum or similar curriculum
in the fire service education and training program. The Colorado
department of public health and environment is required to consider
including the commission's curriculum in training for personnel who
routinely respond to emergencies.

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Bill: HB21-1123
Title: CAPS Checks For Substantiated Mistreatment Of Adult
Bill Subject- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning a CAPS check for substantiated cases of mistreatment of an at-risk adult.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
House:
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
C. Larson (R)
Summary

Legislative Audit Committee. The bill authorizes the department
of human services (state department) to disclose the results of a CAPS
check without a court order to:
  • The department of regulatory agencies (DORA) for the
purpose of a regulatory investigation; or
  • The court if an individual is petitioning the court for

conservatorship or guardianship of an at-risk adult.
The bill requires an employer and an employee to provide, upon
request of the county department of human or social services and for the
purposes of an investigation into an allegation of mistreatment, access to
the professional license number issued by DORA for the employee who,
as a result of the investigation, is substantiated in a case of mistreatment
of an at-risk adult.
Current law requires the state department to promulgate rules to
establish a process at the state level by which a person who is
substantiated in a case of mistreatment of an at-risk adult may appeal the
finding to the state department. The bill requires the state department to
promulgate rules to address the process to share information on the
outcome of an appeal with DORA if DORA requests information for the
purpose of a regulatory investigation. Appeal information is confidential
and used only for the regulatory investigation.
Beginning January 1, 2022, prior to appointing a person as a
conservator or guardian of an at-risk adult, the court that receives a filing
of a petition for conservatorship or guardianship shall request a CAPS
check by the state department, and the state department shall provide the
results of a CAPS check to the court, to determine if the person is
substantiated in a case of mistreatment of an at-risk adult.
The bill requires the state department to promulgate rules that
address:
  • The process for the state department to notify DORA when
a professional regulated by DORA is substantiated in a case
of mistreatment of an at-risk adult; and
  • The information that will be made available to DORA for
the purpose of conducting a regulatory investigation.
A person who may be appointed as a conservator or guardian of an
at-risk adult who knowingly provides inaccurate information to the court
for a CAPS check commits a class 1 misdemeanor.
Beginning January 1, 2022, prior to appointing a person as a
conservator or guardian of an at-risk adult, the court shall request a CAPS
check by the state department to determine if the person is substantiated
in a case of mistreatment of an at-risk adult. Within 7 calendar days after
the date of the court's request, if the person has been substantiated in a
case of mistreatment of an at-risk adult, the state department shall provide
the court with information concerning the mistreatment, unless the
finding was expunged through a successful appeal to the state department.
The bill requires the state department to notify DORA within 10
calendar days after a substantiated finding of mistreatment by a
professional regulated by DORA. Any information provided to DORA is
confidential.
The bill requires a licensee, certificate holder, or registrant
substantiated in a case of mistreatment of an at-risk adult to provide the
person's professional license number to county adult protective services.

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Bill: HB21-1124
Title: Expand Ability Conduct Business Electronically
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
DescriptionConcerning an expansion of the ability to conduct business activities electronically.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/19/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lee (D)
House:
S. Bird (D)
M. Soper (R)
Summary

The bill facilitates business entities' ability to conduct business
activities electronically by:
  • Defining terms, including address, delivery, document,
e-mail, electronic transmission, notice, and sign, that relate
to electronic communications;
  • Specifying how notice may be given by electronic

transmission; and
  • Establishing requirements for remote participation in
shareholders' and directors' meetings.

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Bill: HB21-1126
Title: State Architect Authority Execute Certain Leases
Bill Subject- Capital Construction
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning the office of the state architect's authority to execute leases on behalf of the state for privately owned property.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Sonnenberg (R)
T. Story (D)
House:
E. Hooton (D)
J. Rich (R)
Summary

Capital Development Committee. House Bill 14-1387, enacted
in 2014, inadvertently removed, through the use of the definition of real
property, the authority of the department of personnel (department) to
negotiate and execute leases for state use of privately owned property,
including land, office space, buildings, and special use interests. This

eliminated a decades-old policy for the department to serve as the central
authority to assist state agencies and state institutions of higher education
to lease needed office space and other property interests. The department
has been operating under custom and practice to keep negotiating and
executing such leases since House Bill 14-1387 was enacted.
The bill officially reinstates this authority to the office of the state
architect in the department, which houses the real estate program. The
real estate program is the program responsible for centralized leasing.

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Bill: HB21-1128
Title: Hospice And Palliative Care License Plate
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning the creation of a special license plate for end-of-life care, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (05/19/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
F. Winter (D)
C. Hansen (D)
House:
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Summary

The bill creates the hospice and palliative care license plate for
vehicles. A person is qualified to be issued the plate if the person makes
a donation to a designated nonprofit organization. The person must also
make an annual donation to the organization.
In addition to the normal fees for a license plate, a person must pay
2 additional one-time fees for the issuance of the plate. One of these fees

is credited to the highway users tax fund and the other fee is credited to
the licensing services cash fund.

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Bill: HB21-1129
Title: Extend Deadline For Training To Teach Reading
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning extension of the deadline by which teachers must complete training in teaching reading.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/10/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Bridges (D)
T. Story (D)
House:
B. McLachlan (D)
M. Bradfield (R)
Summary

Existing law requires school districts, charter schools, and boards
of cooperative services to demonstrate that, by the beginning of the
2021-22 school year, the kindergarten-through-third-grade teachers they
employ have completed evidence-based training in teaching reading. The
bill extends the deadline for completing the training until the beginning
of the 2022-23 school year.

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Bill: HB21-1130
Title: Expand Transition Specialist Program
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning expanding the community transition specialist program.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/20/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Gardner (R)
C. Kolker (D)
House:
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
M. Bradfield (R)
Summary

The bill expands the community transition specialist program
(program) by redefining high-risk individual to allow more individuals
to access program services. The bill also expands facilities that can access
program services.

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Bill: HB21-1131
Title: Cooperative Electric Associations Governance Requirements
Bill Subject- Energy
DescriptionConcerning governance requirements for cooperative electric associations.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/29/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
F. Winter (D)
House:
M. Catlin (R)
J. Amabile (D)
Summary

The bill:
  • Makes current laws concerning governance and
transparency for cooperative electric associations
(associations) applicable to nonprofit generation and
transmission cooperative electric associations that provide
wholesale electric service directly to Colorado cooperative

electric associations that are its members;
  • Eliminates an exemption to those requirements for
associations with fewer than 25,000 members;
  • Allows an association to authorize, in its bylaws, its
members and directors to participate in meetings
electronically;
  • Allows an association to authorize, in its bylaws, members
to vote in an election through a secure and verifiable
electronic voting system;
  • Clarifies that members voting or participating in a meeting
electronically are considered present in person for the
purpose of establishing quorum;
  • Defines joint memberships and clarifies how joint
memberships can vote;
  • Amends the deadlines and requirements for notice of an
election;
  • Requires an association to adopt written policies
concerning the compensation of board members and
disclosures of conflicts of interest for board members;
  • Requires board members to fulfill their duty of loyalty to
the cooperative association at all times; except that, if a
director serves on the board of both a generation and
transmission association and a distribution association, the
director can not be required to prioritize the director's duty
to the generation and transmission association over the
director's duty to the distribution association; and
  • Requires associations to post on their websites information
about their rates and net metering requirements and to
make financial audits available to members on request.

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Bill: HB21-1132
Title: Local Government Limited Gaming Impact Fund
Bill Subject- Gaming, Lottery, Racing
- Local Government
DescriptionConcerning authorized distributions from the local government limited gaming impact fund.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/24/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
T. Story (D)
House:
M. Baisley (R)
J. Amabile (D)
Summary

The bill clarifies the authorized distributions from the local
government limited gaming impact fund by:
  • Specifying that documented gaming impacts should be
for negative impacts and defining that phrase;
  • Requiring grant awards to be prioritized for eligible local
governmental entities that have lower property values

compared to all eligible local governmental entities;
  • Defining property values as the sum of the actual value
of all property, including the actual value of all tax-exempt
property, as of December 31 of the prior year;
  • Requiring documented negative gaming impacts to be
explicitly identifiable;
  • Defining negative impacts; and
  • Allowing grants from the gambling addiction account to be
used to provide gambling addiction treatment training to
staff at nonprofit community mental health centers or
clinics; this is in addition to the current authorized use for
gambling addiction counseling services to Colorado
residents.

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Bill: HB21-1133
Title: K-12 Seizure Training & Individual Action Plans
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning strategic resources for kindergarten through twelfth grade schools to provide a safer environment for kindergarten through twelfth grade students who have been diagnosed with a seizure disorder.
StatusSent to the Governor (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Priola (R)
B. Pettersen (D)
House:
K. Mullica (D)
I. Jodeh (D)
Summary

The bill requires kindergarten through twelfth grade public schools
(school), and strongly encourages nonpublic schools, to provide annual
seizure-related training to school personnel who have direct contact with

or supervise students who have a seizure disorder.
The parent or legal guardian (parent) of a student who has been
diagnosed with a seizure disorder, including epilepsy, (student) is
encourage to submit a signed, individualized seizure action plan (plan) to
the school if the student may need assistance with seizure-related care in
a school setting. The plan must be developed in coordination with
recognized sources on epilepsy and seizure disorders and in consultation
with a state organization that represents school nurses. The seizure action
plan must be in accordance with the guidelines developed by the
department of education. The parent is encouraged to provide updated
information to the plan when necessary.

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Bill: HB21-1134
Title: Report Tenant Rent Payment Information To Credit Agencies
Bill Subject- Housing
DescriptionConcerning facilitating the reporting of tenants' rent payment information to consumer reporting agencies at the tenants' request, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/04/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Bridges (D)
House:
N. Ricks (D)
M. Bradfield (R)
Summary

The bill creates the tenants' rent payment information pilot
program (pilot program) and directs the Colorado housing and finance
authority (authority) to contract with a third party to administer the pilot
program in accordance with rules promulgated by the authority.
The administrator shall recruit no more than 10 landlords to

participate in the pilot program. A tenant may participate in the pilot
program only if the tenant elects to participate and completes a financial
education course.
On or before January 1, 2024, the authority, in consultation with
the administrator, shall submit to applicable legislative committees of
reference a report concerning the pilot program.
The pilot program is repealed, effective June 1, 2024.

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Bill: HB21-1136
Title: Judicial Division Retirees Temporary Judicial Duties Compensation
Bill Subject- Courts & Judicial
DescriptionConcerning modifications to the policies governing judicial division retirees returning to temporary judicial duties, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/04/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lee (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House:
T. Carver (R)
K. Tipper (D)
Summary

Under current law, a retired member of the judicial division may
perform assigned judicial duties without pay for not less than 60 or 90
days each year. Such a member of the judicial division will receive a
benefit increase equal to not less than 20% or more than 30% of the
current monthly salary of judges serving in the same position held by the

retiree at the time of retirement.
The bill changes the amount of time that a retired member of the
judicial division may perform assigned judicial duties without pay and the
amount of a benefit increase such a judge will receive. The bill specifies
that a retired member of the judicial division may perform assigned
judicial duties without pay for 20, 30, 60, or 90 days each year and will
receive a benefit increase equal to 6.7%, 10%, 20%, or no more than 30%
respectively of the current monthly salary of judges serving in the same
position held by the retiree at the time of retirement.
Additionally, under current law, within 5 years after retirement, a
retired member of the judicial division who did not enter into an
agreement prior to retirement to perform assigned judicial duties without
pay during retirement may enter into such a written agreement within 30
days prior to each anniversary date of retirement. The bill removes this
requirement.

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Bill: HB21-1137
Title: Limit Notification General Assembly Regarding Adoption Of Rules
Bill Subject- State Government
DescriptionConcerning notification by legislative staff to members of the general assembly regarding rules adopted as a result of legislation.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lee (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House:
K. Van Winkle (R)
M. Weissman (D)
Summary

Committee on Legal Services. In 2013, the general assembly
enacted SB13-030, which required, in part, that the office of legislative
legal services provide written notice of rules adopted as a result of
specific legislation enacted on or after January 1, 2013, to:
  • The prime sponsors of the legislation if still serving in the

general assembly;
  • The cosponsors of the legislation if still serving in the
general assembly; and
  • The applicable committees of reference in the senate and
house of representatives for the legislation.
The bill removes the requirement to notify cosponsors of the
legislation and limits the notification period to up to 8 years after the
legislation was enacted.

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Bill: HB21-1138
Title: Restrict Off-highway Vehicles On Public Roads
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning clarifying restrictions on the operation of off-highway vehicles.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Hisey (R)
House:
B. McLachlan (D)
M. Catlin (R)
Summary

The bill clarifies that it is unlawful to operate an off-highway
vehicle on the public streets, roads, or highways of the state, regardless
of the state or other jurisdiction in which the off-highway vehicle is
registered or titled, except under certain existing exceptions.

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Bill: HB21-1139
Title: Driver's License Electronic Renewal By Seniors
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning the acquisition of forms of identification from the department of revenue, and, in connection therewith, facilitating the renewal of drivers' licenses by mail and by electronic means, facilitating the renewal of identification cards by electronic means, facilitating the renewal of drivers' licenses and identification cards by older individuals, and allowing certain individuals to sign a driving log attesting that a minor driver with an instruction permit has completed a minimum number of driving hours.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/24/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Rankin (R)
House:
J. McCluskie (D)
Summary

Current law allows renewal of a driver's license by mail only every
other renewal period. The bill eliminates this restriction and allows
renewal by mail only if the photo of the person that is on file with the
department of revenue (department) is at least as recent as required by
federal law.
Under current law, to renew a driver's license by mail, a person
who is under 66 years of age must attest under penalty of law that the
person has had an eye examination within the preceding 3 years. A person
who is 66 years of age or older must obtain a signed statement from an
optometrist or ophthalmologist attesting that the person has had an eye
examination within the last 6 months and attesting to the results of the
examination. For both of these requirements, the bill changes the
threshold from 66 to 80 years of age.
Current law allows electronic renewal of a driver's license only for
drivers who are 21 to 65 years of age. The bill eliminates the upper age
limit and allows drivers who are 66 years of age or older to renew their
drivers' licenses electronically.
Current law allows a person to renew a driver's license
electronically only for 2 consecutive driver's license renewal periods. The
bill eliminates this restriction and allows a person to renew a driver's
license electronically only if the photo of the person that is on file with
the department is at least as recent as required by federal law.
Current law requires a person renewing a driver's license
electronically to attest under penalty of law that the person has had an eye
examination within 3 years before the renewal. The bill applies this
requirement only to a person who is 80 years of age or older and adds a
requirement that the person must obtain a signed statement from an
optometrist or ophthalmologist attesting that the person has had an eye
examination within the preceding 6 months and attesting to the results of
the examination.
Current law allows an applicant to renew an identification card by
electronic means if the applicant is 21 to 64 years of age. The bill allows
applicants who are 65 years of age or older to renew an identification card
electronically.
Under current law, the department may not issue a driver's license
to a person under 18 years of age unless the person has submitted a log or
other written evidence certifying that the person has completed a
minimum amount of actual driving experience, and the form must be
signed by the person who signed an affidavit of liability for the person.
The bill allows this form to be signed by the person's parent or guardian
or by a responsible adult.

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Bill: HB21-1140
Title: Eliminate Donor Costs For Living Organ Donations
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Public Health
DescriptionConcerning the elimination of costs associated with living organ donation for a living organ donor, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
House:
B. Titone (D)
Summary

The bill prohibits a hospital, health facility, or person offering an
individual or group health benefit plan from charging a living organ
donor any deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, benefit maximums,
waiting periods, or other limitations on coverage for health care services
necessary for the living organ donation.

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Bill: HB21-1141
Title: Electric Vehicle License Plate
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning the creation of a license plate for plug-in electric motor vehicles, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Bridges (D)
House:
E. Hooton (D)
A. Valdez (D)
Summary

The bill establishes the electric vehicle license plate, which is
issued for use on plug-in electric motor vehicles. The electric vehicle
license plates are issued to the owner of a plug-in electric motor vehicle
upon registration of the vehicle and payment of applicable fees and taxes,
unless the owner elects an alternative license plate. A person may be
issued personalized electric vehicle license plates. The requirement for

decals to identify plug-in electric motor vehicles applies only if a person
has not obtained the electric vehicle license plate.

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Bill: HB21-1142
Title: Eyewitness Identification Showup Regulations
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning measures related to eyewitness identification techniques, and, in connection therewith, requiring reporting data related to eyewitness techniques and regulating the use of showup identifications.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
J. Bacon (D)
Summary

Beginning October 1, 2021, each law enforcement agency that uses
a showup shall collect for each showup the date the technique was used,
the gender and race of the suspect, and whether the technique lead to

identification of the suspect. Each law enforcement agency shall create
an annual report of the data collected.
The bill prohibits a court from admitting evidence of a showup
identification unless the court finds that the showup was conducted
pursuant to the statutory requirements and the court determines:
  • The showup was necessary because the peace officer
lacked probable cause that permitted an arrest that would
have allowed for the use of a lineup or photo array; or
  • Exigent circumstances required an immediate identification
procedure.
The bill creates requirements and conditions that must be followed
when a showup is conducted.

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Bill: HB21-1143
Title: Protect Survivors' Rights To Rape Kit Evidence
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning forensic medical evidence of sexual assault.
StatusSent to the Governor (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Danielson (D)
House:
M. Froelich (D)
M. Soper (R)
Summary

The bill requires the medical professional collecting the medical
evidence to inform a victim of the contact information for the nearest
sexual assault victim's advocate or confidential victim's advocate, the
length of time that medical evidence must be preserved, and the victim's
right to be notified of the destruction of the medical evidence.
The bill creates the following rights, upon request, for victims of
a sex crime:
  • The right to be notified that evidence has been submitted

for testing;
  • The right to be notified when the law enforcement agency
has received the results of the analysis;
  • The right to be informed of whether a DNA sample was
obtained from the analysis and whether or not there are
matches to DNA profiles in state or federal databases;
  • The right to be informed at least 60 days prior to the
destruction of forensic medical evidence collected in
connection with the alleged sex offense;
  • The right to file, prior to the expiration of the 60-day
period, an objection to the destruction of the forensic
medical evidence;
  • The right to be informed of any change in status of the
case, including if the case has been closed or reopened; and
  • The right to receive a physical document identifying the
rights under law after the exam has been completed.
The bill directs a law enforcement agency to maintain the medical
evidence until the statute of limitation has run on the crime and for an
additional 10 years if the victim objects to its destruction.

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Bill: HB21-1145
Title: Support Pollinator Special License Plate
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning the creation of a special license plate to support pollinators, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
C. Simpson (R)
House:
M. Soper (R)
C. Kipp (D)
Summary

The bill creates the support pollinators license plate for vehicles.
A person qualifies for issuance of the plate if the person makes a donation
to a designated nonprofit organization that supports pollinators. The
organization must use the donation for pollination programs and
education.
In addition to the normal fees for a license plate, a person must pay

2 additional one-time fees for the issuance of the plate. One of these fees
is credited to the highway users tax fund and the other fee is credited to
the licensing services cash fund.

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Bill: HB21-1146
Title: Auricular Acudetox Professional Practice
Bill Subject- Professions & Occupations
DescriptionConcerning the practice of auricular acudetox by a professional, and, in connection therewith, clarifying that in order to perform auricular acudetox, a person does not need to be licensed, certified, or registered as a mental health professional.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/29/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Zenzinger (D)
R. Woodward (R)
House:
D. Valdez (D)
A. Pico (R)
Summary

Statutory Revision Committee. In 2020, the general assembly
repealed the requirement in the mental health practice act that a

professional must be licensed, registered, or certified as a mental health
professional in order to practice auricular acudetox. The bill makes a
conforming amendment to clarify that it is not an unlawful act for a
professional to perform auricular acudetox without a license, registration,
or certification as a mental health professional.

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Bill: HB21-1147
Title: Simplify Architects Continuing Education Requirement
Bill Subject- Professions & Occupations
DescriptionConcerning simplification of the regulatory requirements for continuing education of professional architects.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/29/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
C. Hansen (D)
C. Simpson (R)
House:
K. Van Winkle (R)
D. Valdez (D)
Summary

The practice act for professional architects directs the department
of regulatory agencies to adopt rules establishing requirements for
continuing education and also requiring an architect to demonstrate
retention of the material presented in the continuing education program
or course. The requirement to demonstrate program or course material
retention is not typical among licensed professionals in Colorado and is

not common practice in other states.
The bill removes the material retention requirement, allowing an
architect to renew a license upon demonstrating compliance with the
continuing education requirement alone, as do all other licensed
professionals with continuing education requirements in Colorado.

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Bill: HB21-1148
Title: Colorado State Fair Annual Report Submission Date Change
Bill Subject- Agriculture
DescriptionConcerning the distribution of an annual report regarding the Colorado state fair, and, in connection therewith, changing the annual reporting deadline and requiring that the report be submitted to all members of the general assembly.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
House:
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
R. Bockenfeld (R)
Summary

Legislative Audit Committee. Under current law, the Colorado
state fair authority (authority) and its board of commissioners are required

to publish an annual report each year by October 31 and to distribute the
report to the governor and the members of the legislative committees with
jurisdiction over agricultural matters. The bill changes the annual
reporting deadline to January 31 or 10 days after the legislative audit
committee releases the authority's financial audit, whichever is later, and
requires that the report be submitted to all members of the general
assembly.

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Bill: HB21-1149
Title: Energy Sector Career Pathway In Higher Education
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Higher Education
- Labor & Employment
- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning supporting an energy sector career pathway for Colorado, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusGovernor Signed (06/16/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
T. Story (D)
House:
D. Jackson (D)
B. Titone (D)
Summary

The bill requires the Colorado work force development council
(council), in collaboration with local work force boards, the department
of education, superintendents of local school districts, the state board for
community colleges and occupational education, and other postsecondary
partners, to design a career pathway for students in the energy sector
using an existing statutory model for the design and implementation of

career pathways.

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Bill: HB21-1150
Title: Create The Colorado Office Of New Americans
Bill Subject-
- Immigration
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning the creation of the Colorado office of new Americans.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
I. Jodeh (D)
Summary

The bill creates, initially within the department of labor and
employment, the Colorado office of new Americans (ONA). The bill sets
forth the ONA's duties and responsibilities and provides details regarding
funding. The ONA serves as the point of contact for immigrant-serving
state agencies, private sector organizations, and the public about
immigrant issues in Colorado, and has as one of its central purposes the

successful integration and inclusion of immigrants and refugees in our
state's communities. As its main priority, the ONA is required to
implement a statewide strategy to facilitate economic stability and
promote successful economic, social, linguistic, and cultural integration
by investing in the success of immigrants in Colorado.

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Bill: HB21-1151
Title: Indian Tribes To Certify Own Foster Homes
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning allowing a federally recognized Indian tribe to certify its own foster homes.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
House:
B. McLachlan (D)
M. Catlin (R)
Summary

Current law allows only a county department of human or social
services or a child placement agency to certify foster homes. The bill
updates statute to allow for a federally recognized Indian tribe pursuant
to applicable federal law to certify its own foster homes.

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Bill: HB21-1152
Title: Repeal Obsolete Capitol Dome Restoration Fund
Bill Subject-
- Capital Construction
DescriptionConcerning the repeal of statutes related to the obsolete capitol dome restoration fund.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/20/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Zenzinger (D)
B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House:
D. Valdez (D)
M. Lynch (R)
Summary

Statutory Revision Committee. The bill repeals section
44-30-1201 (5)(c)(III), C.R.S., because that section creates the capitol
dome restoration fund, which is obsolete. The capitol dome restoration
was a capital project that commenced in 2010 and has since been
completed. The statutory sections regarding the capitol dome restoration
were repealed in July 2015 but the statute establishing the fund and the

necessary transfers of money to the fund were inadvertently left in the
statutes. The bill addresses that defect.

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Bill: HB21-1153
Title: Enter Zone Child Care Income Tax Credit
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning the repeal of the enterprise zone child care contributions income tax credit for income tax years commencing prior to January 1, 1999.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/10/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Moreno (D)
House:
D. Valdez (D)
Summary

Statutory Revision Committee. The bill repeals the enterprise
zone child care contributions income tax credit that was available for
income tax years commencing prior to January 1, 1999.

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Bill: HB21-1154
Title: Modification To Child Care Tax Credit To Address Defects
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning the elimination of obsolete provisions of the child care contribution state income tax credit.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/22/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Moreno (D)
House:
D. Valdez (D)
M. Lynch (R)
Summary

Statutory Revision Committee. House Bill 00-1351, enacted in
2000, removed the provision permitting a child care contribution income
tax credit for an in-kind contribution. Accordingly, the bill removes all
references in the statute to an in-kind contribution. The bill also repeals
an obsolete provision that is only applicable to the income tax year that
commenced on or after January 1, 1999, but prior to January 1, 2000.

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Bill: HB21-1155
Title: Sales Tax Statute Modifications To Address Defects
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning modifications to the sales and use tax statutes in order to address certain defects and anachronisms.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Zenzinger (D)
R. Woodward (R)
House:
A. Pico (R)
Summary

Statutory Revision Committee. Section 1 of the bill changes the
cross references to certain definitions related to bingo that were relocated
as a result of Senate Bill 17-232. The statutory references were not
correctly changed for purposes of the bingo equipment sales and use tax
exemption. This section addresses that defect.
Section 2 removes the words low-emitting from the description

of a sales tax exemption because the exemption is no longer conditioned
on the motor vehicle being low-emitting.
Section 3 corrects a missed conforming amendment. House Bill
20-1023 provided for the conditional repeal of section 39-26-105.3,
C.R.S., to be effectively replaced with section 39-26-105.2, C.R.S.
Section 39-26-204.5, C.R.S., a use tax statute, makes reference to section
39-26-105.2, C.R.S., but a conforming amendment to that section was not
included in House Bill 20-1023. Section 3 adds the same conditional
repeal to the use tax statute and provides the same hold harmless for
retailers as is provided in section 39-26-105.2, C.R.S.
Section 4 addresses an anachronism in the sales tax statutes by
repealing section 39-26-110, C.R.S. That statute specifies that a retailer
doing business in 2 or more locations in Colorado may file one return that
will cover all business locations. This statute was added as part of the
Emergency Retail Sales Tax Act of 1935 and has not been amended
since, only moved around. With the advent of home rule taxing
jurisdictions that can collect and administer their own sales and use tax,
it is no longer possible that retailers doing business in more than one
location in Colorado can file only one return to report all sales and use
taxes collected because the department of revenue no longer administers
all sales and use taxes in the state.
Section 5 addresses a defect in the sales tax statute by updating the
statutory reference for the definition of food for purposes of a sales tax
exemption for certain types of food. The definition of food is no longer
located in 7 U.S.C. sec. 2012 (g). It is better to include a more general
cross reference to all of 7 U.S.C. sec. 2012 instead of the specific
subsection (g), which is now incorrect. A more general reference allows
for later amendments to that section.

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Bill: HB21-1156
Title: Fix Defects Related To Severance Withholdings
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
- State Revenue & Budget
DescriptionConcerning the correction of statutory defects related to severance tax withholdings from a disbursement to an oil and gas interest owner.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Zenzinger (D)
B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House:
A. Pico (R)
M. Lynch (R)
Summary

Under current law, a producer or purchaser is required to withhold
an amount from each disbursement made to an interest owner in any oil
and gas produced in the state and pay this amount to the department of
revenue. The bill fixes defects related to this law by:
  • For purposes of electronic payments, replacing a

cross-reference to a repealed subsection with a reference to
the current statutory requirement;
  • Expanding the defined term producer to be producer or
purchaser to eliminate a redundancy in the law; and
  • Repealing extraneous references to oil shale from the
definition.
The bill also repeals obsolete filing requirements that applied prior
to July 1, 2007.

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Bill: HB21-1157
Title: Accurate References For Department of Revenue Tax Administration
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning the accurate statutory reference to the types of taxes administered by the department of revenue for purposes of administrative requirements.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Woodward (R)
B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House:
M. Lynch (R)
Summary

Statutory Revision Committee. Section 39-21-102, C.R.S.,
accurately specifies the scope and applicability of article 21 of title 39,
C.R.S., and establishes all the taxes that the department of revenue is
responsible for administering. However, sections 39-21-119 and
39-21-120, C.R.S., attempt to reference similar lists of taxes in order to

specify authorized methods of filing and paying the taxes. Unfortunately,
some of the tax types are omitted in these sections, making these sections
defective. The bill removes the references to the tax types in sections
39-21-119 and 39-21-120, C.R.S., so that section 39-21-102, C.R.S.,
controls instead.

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Bill: HB21-1158
Title: Special Fuel Farm Equipment Sales Use Taxx
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning nonsubstantive modifications to sales and use tax exemptions, and, in connection therewith, reorganizing sales and use tax exemptions for agriculture, livestock, and special fuels.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House:
D. Valdez (D)
M. Lynch (R)
Summary

Statutory Revision Committee. The bill removes an unused
definition of agricultural compounds and a redundant reference to a
sales and use tax exemption for poultry and livestock. The bill also

reorganizes special fuel and farm equipment sales and use tax exemptions
so that they are in the same location.

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Bill: HB21-1160
Title: Care Of Dogs And Cats In Pet Animal Facilities
Bill Subject- Agriculture
DescriptionConcerning the care of pet animals in the custody of certain pet animal facilities.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
J. Ginal (D)
House:
M. Duran (D)
M. Soper (R)
Summary

The bill specifies the standard of care that each animal shelter and
pet animal rescue is required to provide each dog and cat held in its
custody.
The bill also allows an animal shelter and pet animal rescue to
dispose of each dog and cat in its custody only by adopting the animal
out, returning the animal to its owner, or transferring the animal to

another animal shelter or pet animal rescue if the animal:
  • Exhibits no signs of illness or injury or exhibits only signs
of illness or injury for which there is a realistic prognosis
for a good quality of life; and
  • Has not exhibited behavior that is likely to result in bodily
injury or death to another animal or human being.

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Bill: HB21-1161
Title: Suspend Statewide Assessments For Select Grades
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning suspending required statewide assessments for selected grade levels for the 2020-21 school year, and, in connection therewith, reducing an appropriation.
StatusGovernor Signed (03/16/2021)
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 receiving a waiver of federal law from the federal
department of education, for the following instructional areas and grade
levels for the 2020-21 school year:
  • Science for students enrolled in grades 5, 8, and 11;
  • Math for students enrolled in grades 3, 5, and 7; and

  • English language arts for students enrolled in grades 4, 6,
and 8.
For the 2020-21 school year, the bill suspends administration of
the social studies assessment for students enrolled in elementary and
middle school.
The bill allows the parent of a student enrolled in a grade for
which administration of the English language arts or math assessment is
suspended to request through the local education provider in which the
student is enrolled that the student participate in the English language arts
assessment or the math assessment.
The bill prohibits a school district from using student academic
growth measures or student performance measures when evaluating
licensed personnel for the 2020-21 school year.
The bill requires a school or school district or the state charter
school institute to implement the performance plan type that was assigned
in the preceding school year. The bill also requires the department of
education, in determining the number of school years that a school or
school district or the institute is on performance watch or subject to
2-year review, to exclude the plan types for the 2020-21 and 2021-22
school years and count the plan type for the 2022-23 school year as if it
were consecutive to the 2019-20 school year.
If required to implement a priority improvement or turnaround
plan during the 2020-21 school year on the basis of its plan type for the
2019-20 school year, the bill allows a school or school district or the
institute to request a plan type for the 2021-22 school year that reflects its
level of attainment based on an alternative body of evidence.
For the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years, the bill suspends the
requirement that the department determine annually the level of
attainment for public schools, school districts, the institute, and institute
charter schools based on performance indicators.

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Bill: HB21-1162
Title: Management Of Plastic Products
Bill Subject- Natural Resources & Environment
- Public Health
DescriptionConcerning the management of plastic products.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
L. Garcia (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
L. Cutter (D)
A. Valdez (D)
Summary

Under current law, local governments are prohibited from
requiring or banning the use or sale of specific types of plastic materials
or products. Section 1 repeals the prohibition on July 1, 2023.
Section 2 prohibits stores and retail food establishments, on and
after September 1, 2022, from providing single-use plastic carryout bags
to customers. The prohibition does not apply to inventory purchased
before September 1, 2022, and used on or before March 31, 2023, which
may be supplied to a customer at the point of sale for a 10-cent fee.

Between September 1, 2021, and September 1, 2022, a store may
furnish a recycled paper carryout bag or a single-use plastic carryout bag
to a customer at the point of sale if the customer pays a fee of 10 cents per
bag or a higher fee adopted by the municipality or county in which the
store is located.
On and after September 1, 2022, a store may furnish only a
recycled paper carryout bag to a customer at the point of sale at a fee of
10 cents per bag or a higher fee imposed by the municipality or county in
which the store is located.
A store is required to remit, on a quarterly basis beginning January
1, 2022, 60% of the carryout bag fee revenues to the municipality or
county within which the store is located and may retain the remaining
40% of the carryout bag fee revenues. A municipality or county may use
its portion of the carryout bag fee revenues to pay for its administrative
and enforcement costs and any recycling, composting, or other waste
diversion programs or related outreach or education activities.
The carryout bag fee does not apply to a customer that provides
evidence to the store that the customer is a participant in a federal or state
food assistance program.
Section 2 also prohibits a retail food establishment, on and after
January 1, 2022, from distributing an expanded polystyrene product for
use as a container for ready-to-eat food in this state. The prohibition does
not apply to retail food establishments located within certain schools until
January 1, 2023; except that the prohibition does not apply to a high
school until January 1, 2024.
Retail food establishments that purchase expanded polystyrene
products before January 1, 2022, may continue to use the products until
their supply is depleted.
Section 2 also authorizes a local government to enforce against a
violation of section 2 and expressly authorizes a county to impose a civil
penalty against a store or retail food establishment of $500 for a second
violation or $1,000 for a third or subsequent violation.
On and after July 1, 2023, a local government may enact,
implement, or enforce an ordinance, resolution, rule, or charter provision
that is as stringent as or more stringent than the requirements set forth in
the bill.

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Bill: HB21-1164
Title: Total Program Mill Levy Tax Credit
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning reductions in the property tax credits that apply to school districts' total program mill levies for purposes of funding the "Public School Finance Act of 1994".
StatusSent to the Governor (06/09/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Zenzinger (D)
S. Fenberg (D)
House:
A. Garnett (D)
D. Esgar (D)
Summary

For the 2020 property tax year, the existing statute corrects the
total program mill levies for school districts that are not subject to
constitutional property tax revenue restrictions but whose mill levies were

erroneously reduced. Each school district that levies a higher number of
mills as a result of the correction must grant a tax credit for the number
of mills by which the levy is increased.
The bill requires the department of education to adopt a correction
schedule to begin phasing out the tax credits in the 2021 property tax
year. The correction schedule must apply consistently to each affected
school district; must require each district's tax credit to phase out as
quickly as possible, but by no more than one mill per year; and must
ensure that the tax credits are fully phased out in 19 years.

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Bill: HB21-1165
Title: Assistance For Victims Of Strangulation
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning assistance for victims of strangulation who receive medical examinations.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/10/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lee (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House:
T. Carver (R)
M. Duran (D)
Summary

A crime victim is entitled to compensation under the Colorado
Crime Victim Compensation Act if, in part, the victim cooperates with
law enforcement officials. The bill clarifies that a victim of strangulation
satisfies the cooperation requirement by undergoing a medical forensic
examination.

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Bill: HB21-1166
Title: Behavioral Health Crisis Response Training
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning training providers across the state in cross-system behavioral health crisis response as it relates to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/11/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Ginal (D)
House:
P. Will (R)
M. Young (D)
Summary

The bill directs the state department of health care policy and
financing (department) to obtain a vendor to provide a comprehensive
care coordination and treatment training model (model) for persons who

work with persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and
co-occurring behavioral health needs. The selected vendor must be able
to provide the model using teleconferencing formats to better reach rural
areas of the state. Case management agencies, mental health centers, and
program-approved service agencies shall nominate up to 20 providers to
receive the training. The department may select an additional 10 providers
from underserved areas of the state to receive the training.

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Bill: HB21-1167
Title: Private Construction Contract Payments
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- Housing
DescriptionConcerning retainage in construction contracts governing improvements to private real property.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Scott (R)
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
M. Duran (D)
P. Will (R)
Summary

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

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

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Bill: HB21-1168
Title: Historically Underutilized Businesses Local Government Procurement
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- Local Government
DescriptionConcerning historically underutilized businesses in local government procurement.
StatusSent to the Governor (05/28/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
C. Kolker (D)
House:
N. Ricks (D)
J. Bacon (D)
Summary

The bill requires local governments, including school districts,
with a procurement budget of a certain size to collect data regarding the
participation of historically underutilized businesses in local government
procurement for a 5-year period and requires the local government to
annually report that data to the secretary of state. The bill requires the
secretary of state to share summarized data with the department of local

affairs. The bill further requires the department of local affairs to annually
include the summarized data received from the secretary of state as part
of the department's presentation to its committee of reference at a hearing
held pursuant to the State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive,
and Transparent (SMART) Government Act.
The bill defines a historically underutilized business as a business
that is at least 51% owned and controlled, in both the management and
day-to-day business decisions, by one or more individuals who are:
  • Members of a racial or ethnic minority group;
  • Non-Hispanic Caucasian women;
  • Persons with physical or mental disabilities;
  • Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
community; or
  • Veterans.

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Bill: HB21-1169
Title: Prohibit Discrimination Organ Transplant Recipient
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
DescriptionConcerning the prohibition of discrimination against a potential organ transplant recipient based solely on the person's disability.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/06/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Pettersen (D)
J. Danielson (D)
House:
D. Ortiz (D)
T. Van Beber (R)
Summary

The bill prohibits a health-care provider, hospital, or other entity
involved in making a decision regarding a person's eligibility to receive
an anatomical gift, organ transplant, or any related treatment or services
from discriminating against that person solely on the basis of a disability.
The bill authorizes an aggrieved person to commence a civil action for

injunctive and equitable relief in the appropriate district court.
The bill also prohibits a health insurance carrier that provides
coverage for an organ transplant from denying or limiting coverage to a
covered person for an organ transplant or any related treatment or services
due to a disability. The bill clarifies that a health benefit plan is not
required to include coverage for an organ transplant.

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Bill: HB21-1171
Title: Kidney Disease Task Force
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
DescriptionConcerning the creation of the kidney disease prevention and education task force, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Buckner (D)
D. Hisey (R)
House:
B. Titone (D)
M. Bradfield (R)
Summary

The bill creates the kidney disease prevention and education task
force (task force) in the department of public health and environment
(department). The task force consists of members that are part of the
general assembly and members that are not part of the general assembly.
The task force's purpose is to evaluate and make recommendations to the
general assembly about the detection, treatment, education, and awareness

of kidney disease in Colorado.
The task force has the following duties:
  • To work with various entities to create kidney disease
educational programs and increase overall awareness of
kidney disease in Colorado;
  • To examine chronic kidney disease, transplantation,
donation, and the higher rates of affliction in minority
populations; and
  • To develop a plan to raise awareness about kidney disease
in Colorado, which shall include an ongoing campaign that
incorporates health workshops, preventative screenings,
social media campaigns, and television and radio
commercials.
The task force is required to submit an initial report with its
findings and recommendations to the general assembly by December 1,
2023. The task force is required to convene by November 1, 2021, and is
required to meet at least 4 times every year. Following the task force's
submittal of the initial report, the task force shall elect a chair and
vice-chair from the members who are not part of the general assembly,
and the members who are part of the general assembly shall transition to
an advisory role. The task force is required to submit follow-up reports
each year.

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Bill: HB21-1173
Title: Prohibiting Legacy Preferences In Higher Ed Insts
Bill Subject- Higher Education
DescriptionConcerning prohibiting higher education institutions from considering legacy preferences in the admissions process.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/25/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Pettersen (D)
J. Bridges (D)
House:
M. Gray (D)
K. Mullica (D)
Summary

Current law does not prevent a higher education institution
(institution) from considering legacy preferences and familial
relationships to alumni of the institution as eligible criteria for admissions
standards. The bill prohibits a governing board of a state-supported higher
education institution (governing board) from considering legacy

preferences and familial relationships to alumni of the institution in the
admissions process. The bill allows a governing board to ask questions
regarding familial relationships to alumni of the institution in order to
collect data.

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Bill: HB21-1174
Title: Transfer Senate Bill 20-219 Certificates Of Participation Issuance Premium To Capital Construction Fund
Bill Subject- Capital Construction
DescriptionConcerning the transfer to the capital construction fund of any excess proceeds from the issuance of a lease-purchase agreement under Senate Bill 20-219 that are initially credited to the emergency controlled maintenance account.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
T. Story (D)
House:
E. Hooton (D)
Summary

Capital Development Committee. The bill requires the state
treasurer to transfer to the capital construction fund any excess proceeds

from the issuance of a lease-purchase agreement under Senate Bill 20-219
that are initially credited to the emergency controlled maintenance
account.

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Bill: HB21-1177
Title: Add Use Tax Exemption To Some Sales Tax Exemption
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning the inclusion of use tax exemptions for certain existing sales tax exemptions in order to make the exemptions compatible with fundamental principles of sales and use tax.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/22/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Moreno (D)
R. Woodward (R)
House:
D. Valdez (D)
M. Lynch (R)
Summary

Statutory Revision Committee. All of the current law sections
presented in the bill provide sales tax exemptions for specific items. None
of the sales tax exemptions in the bill authorize corresponding use tax

exemptions. As a result, an item could conceivably become subject to use
tax the instant the tax-exempt sale occurs. Most statutory sales tax
exemptions have corresponding use tax exemptions to prevent this.
Consequently, the bill addresses defects in statute by clarifying that an
item that is subject to a sales tax exemption is actually exempt from both
sales and use tax and makes those statutory sections compatible with the
fundamental principles of use tax and Colorado supreme court decisions
on the subject.

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Bill: HB21-1178
Title: Correcting Errors in the Colorado Marijuana Code
Bill Subject- Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
DescriptionConcerning correcting nonsubstantive errors in the Colorado marijuana code.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/10/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Zenzinger (D)
R. Woodward (R)
House:
D. Valdez (D)
A. Pico (R)
Summary

Statutory Revision Committee. The bill corrects citations in the
marijuana code and grammatical and wording issues.

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Bill: HB21-1180
Title: Measures To Increase Biomass Utilization
Bill Subject- Agriculture
- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning measures to increase biomass utilization throughout the state.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
House:
D. Valdez (D)
P. Will (R)
Summary

The bill requires the state forest service to conduct a study of
biomass utilization by identifying the potential costs and benefits of
increasing biomass utilization throughout the state and any administrative
or statutory changes needed to increase biomass utilization. In conducting
the study, the state forest service shall engage in shared stewardship by
consulting with various state agencies, local officials who serve

communities in the wildland-urban interface, and other interested
stakeholders. On or before March 1, 2022, the state forest service shall
submit a report summarizing its findings and recommendations from the
study to the governor and the legislative committees with jurisdiction
over agriculture and natural resources matters.

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Bill: HB21-1181
Title: Agricultural Soil Health Program
Bill Subject- Agriculture
- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning the creation of a voluntary soil health program, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
F. Winter (D)
C. Simpson (R)
House:
P. Will (R)
K. McCormick (D)
Summary

The bill creates the Colorado soil health program in the department
of agriculture (department). The soil health program is voluntary. The
department, commissioner of agriculture (commissioner), and state
agricultural commission will administer the soil health program.
The department may establish the following:
  • A system for monitoring the environmental or economic

benefits of soil health practices;
  • A state soil health inventory and platform;
  • A soil health testing program; and
  • Other programs the department deems appropriate or
necessary.
Before establishing a system, inventory and platform, or program,
the department must provide public notice and afford the public an
opportunity to submit written comments.
The department may also:
  • Seek, accept, and expend gifts, grants, or donations;
  • Administer and expend the money from public and private
sources;
  • Provide grants, loans, and other resources to perform soil
health activities; and
  • Cooperate and collaborate with other people.
The bill also creates a soil health advisory committee (advisory
committee). The commissioner is required to appoint members who
represent the different geographic areas, political diversity, and
demographic diversity of the state and include agricultural producers of
diverse production systems.
The advisory committee will make recommendations to the
department and assist in the development of the soil health program. The
advisory committee is also authorized to solicit input, review proposals
and agreements, and evaluate the soil health program.
The department shall maintain the confidentiality of information
related to private lands that identify landowners, land managers,
agricultural producers, or lands.
No later than January 31 of each year, the department shall prepare
and make available to the public a report of its activities on its official
website.

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Bill: HB21-1186
Title: Regional Transportation District Operation
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning relieving the regional transportation district of statutory restrictions related to the district's operations.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/24/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
F. Winter (D)
J. Bridges (D)
House:
M. Gray (D)
T. Sullivan (D)
Summary

The bill amends provisions related to the operation of the regional
transportation district (district), including:
  • Removing a cap on the amount of all vehicular service the
district can allow to be provided by third parties under
competitive contracts and retaining the cap on the amount

of fixed route bus service that may be provided through
such contracts;
  • Expanding the types of entities the district can contract
with to include nonprofit organizations and local
government;
  • Repealing farebox recovery ratio requirements and
requiring the district to include in its annual financial
reports information on annual operating costs, ridership
numbers, and operating costs divided by ridership as a
measure of the cost efficiency of its services;
  • Repealing a limitation on developments that would reduce
parking at a facility or result in a competitive disadvantage
to private businesses near the facility; and
  • Repealing limitations on the district's authority to charge
fees and manage parking at district parking facilities.

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Bill: HB21-1187
Title: Long-term Services And Support Case Management Redesign
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
DescriptionConcerning the implementation of case management redesign to ensure conflict-free case management for members eligible for long-term services and supports under the medicaid program.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/01/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Rankin (R)
F. Winter (D)
House:
R. Pelton (R)
M. Young (D)
Summary

Current law provides for the establishment of a single entry point
system that consists of single entry point agencies throughout the state for
the purpose of enabling persons 18 years of age or older in need of

long-term care to access appropriate long-term care services.
The bill requires the state board of the department of health care
policy and financing (department) to adopt rules providing for the
establishment of a redesigned case management system (system), no later
than July 1, 2024, that consists of case management agencies throughout
the state for the purpose of enabling individuals in need of long-term care
to access appropriate long-term services and supports. No later than
December 31, 2021, the department shall work with stakeholders to
develop a timeline for the implementation of the system. No later than
December 31, 2022, the department shall issue a competitive solicitation
in order to select case management agencies for the system.
The bill makes conforming amendments to replace the terms
community-centered board and single entry point agency with case
management agency.

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Bill: HB21-1188
Title: Additional Liability Under Respondeat Superior
Bill Subject- Civil Law
DescriptionConcerning additional liability of a defendant who admits liability under respondeat superior.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
C. Kennedy (D)
Summary

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

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Bill: HB21-1189
Title: Regulate Air Toxics
Bill Subject- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning additional public health protections in relation to the emission of air toxics, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Moreno (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
A. Benavidez (D)
A. Valdez (D)
Summary

Current law defines as a covered facility a stationary source of
air pollutants that reported in its federal toxics release inventory filing at
least one of the following amounts of the following covered air toxics
in one year:
  • For hydrogen cyanide, 10,000 pounds;
  • For hydrogen sulfide, 5,000 pounds; and

  • For benzene, 5,000 pounds.
The bill expands upon the requirements applicable to covered
facilities by:
  • Directing the air quality control commission to consider, at
least every 5 years, adding new types of covered air toxics
and adjusting the applicable emission thresholds;
  • Requiring that a covered facility's outreach to communities
near the covered facility, in particular disproportionately
impacted communities, be conducted in the 2 most
prevalent languages spoken in the communities;
  • Requiring covered facilities to conduct fenceline
monitoring of covered air toxics and to publicly report the
results of the monitoring; and
  • Requiring covered facilities to take corrective action within
15 days after a violation occurs.
The bill also requires the division of administration in the
department of public health and environment to conduct
community-based monitoring of covered air toxics in areas near covered
facilities and to publicly report the results.

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Bill: HB21-1190
Title: Defining Telemedicine For Medical Practitioners
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
DescriptionConcerning the definition of "telemedicine" for the purposes of the "Colorado Medical Practice Act".
StatusGovernor Signed (05/18/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House:
D. Esgar (D)
J. Rich (R)
Summary

For the purposes of the Colorado Medical Practice Act, the bill
amends the definition of telemedicine to state that the term means the
delivery of medical services through HIPAA-compliant
telecommunications systems, including information, electronic, and
communication technologies, remote monitoring technologies, and
store-and-forward transfers, to facilitate the assessment, diagnosis,

consultation, or treatment of a patient while the patient is located at an
originating site and the physician, anesthesiologist assistant, or physician
assistant is located at a distant site.

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Bill: HB21-1193
Title: Consumer Protection Supplemental Restraint Systems
Bill Subject- Civil Law
- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning consumer protection for acts related to a supplemental restraint system.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Priola (R)
C. Kolker (D)
House:
M. Gray (D)
Summary

The bill makes it a deceptive trade practice for a person to
knowingly or intentionally manufacture, import, distribute, sell, offer for
sale, install, or reinstall a device intended to replace a supplemental
restraint system component if the device is:
  • A counterfeit supplemental restraint system component;
  • A nonfunctional airbag; or

  • Any object in lieu of a supplemental restraint system
component that was not designed in accordance with
federal safety regulations for the make, model, and year of
the vehicle in which it is or will be installed.
The bill also prohibits a motor vehicle repair facility or any
employee or contract laborer of the facility from installing or reinstalling
any device that causes the motor vehicle's diagnostic systems to fail to
warn that the motor vehicle is equipped with a counterfeit supplemental
restraint system component, the motor vehicle is equipped with a
nonfunctional airbag, or no airbag is installed.

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Bill: HB21-1194
Title: Immigration Legal Defense Fund
Bill Subject- Immigration
DescriptionConcerning creation of the immigration legal defense fund, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Moreno (D)
House:
N. Ricks (D)
K. Tipper (D)
Summary

The bill creates the immigration legal defense fund (fund). The
department of human services as the administrator awards grants from the
fund to qualifying nonprofit organizations (organizations) that provide
legal advice, counseling, and representation for, and on behalf of,
indigent clients who are subject to an immigration proceeding. The bill
lists permissible uses of grant money awarded from the fund.

Organizations that receive a grant from the fund are required to
report to the administrator certain information about persons served and
services provided by the organization.
The bill makes an appropriation.

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Bill: HB21-1195
Title: Regulation Of Radon Professionals
Bill Subject- Professions & Occupations
DescriptionConcerning the regulation of radon professionals, and, in connection therewith, requiring licensure to practice as a radon measurement professional or radon mitigation professional, and making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (05/27/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
J. Ginal (D)
House:
K. Van Winkle (R)
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Summary

The bill creates a regulatory framework for individuals interested
in practicing as a radon measurement professional or a radon mitigation
professional. On and after July 1, 2022, an individual is prohibited from

practicing as a radon measurement professional or radon mitigation
professional unless the individual is licensed by the director of the
division of professions and occupations in the department of regulatory
agencies (director). The bill establishes the requirements to qualify for a
license and the grounds upon which disciplinary action may be taken
against a licensee.
The bill also creates the radon advisory committee (committee) in
the department of public health and environment. The committee is
created to advise the director concerning the administration and
enforcement of the bill.
The regulation of radon professionals and the radon advisory
committee are both scheduled to repeal on September 1, 2027. Before the
repeal, each is scheduled for sunset review by the department of
regulatory agencies.

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Bill: HB21-1196
Title: Update Senate Bill 19-263 Effective Date Clause
Bill Subject- State Government
- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning the updating of the effective date clause of Senate Bill 19-263, as amended by Senate Bill 20-152, for the purpose of ensuring that the bill accomplishes its intended legal effect of eliminating the requirement that the state treasurer execute lease-purchase agreements to fund transportation projects during the 2021-22 state fiscal year if a referred ballot issue that authorizes the state to issue transportation revenue anticipation notes is approved at the November 2021 statewide election.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/04/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Zenzinger (D)
House:
D. Valdez (D)
A. Pico (R)
Summary

Statutory Revision Committee. In 2017, the general assembly
(GA) enacted Senate Bill 17-267, which required the state treasurer to
issue up to $500 million of lease-purchase agreements (COPS) in each of
the 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22 state fiscal years for the
purpose of funding transportation projects. In 2018, the GA enacted
Senate Bill 18-001 (SB 001), which referred a statewide ballot issue at the
November 2019 statewide election that, if approved, would have
authorized the state to issue transportation revenue anticipation notes
(TRANs) for the purpose of funding transportation projects and prevented
the issuance of the last 3 years of COPS. When enacting SB 001, the GA
intended that, upon approval of the ballot issue, the TRANs authorized
would replace the unissued COPS as a source of funding for
transportation projects.
In 2019, the GA enacted Senate Bill 19-263 (SB 263), which
delayed the referral of the ballot issue until the November 2020 general
election. Consistent with the intent of replacing COPs funding with
TRANs funding upon approval of the ballot issue, SB 263 also reduced
the authorized amount of TRANs because approval in 2020 rather than
2019 would prevent the issuance of only 2, rather than 3, years of COPS.
In 2020, the GA also enacted Senate Bill 20-152 (SB 152), which
corrected a technical error in the effective date clause of SB 263 that
would have frustrated the intent of the GA by allowing TRANs to be
authorized without preventing the issuance of 2 years of COPS.
In 2020, after SB 152 was enacted, the GA enacted House Bill
20-1376, which further delayed the referral of the ballot issue to the
November 2021 statewide election and again reduced the authorized
amount of TRANs because approval of the ballot issue in 2021, rather
than 2020, would prevent the issuance of only one, rather than 2, years of
COPS. Due to the additional delay, if the effective date clause of SB 263,
as amended by SB 152, is not amended again, TRANs could be
authorized without preventing the issuance of one year of COPS. To
ensure that this unintended result does not occur, the bill amends the
effective date clause of SB 263, as amended by SB 152, to correct this
issue and thereby ensure that approval of the ballot issue will prevent the
issuance of one year of TRANs as intended by the GA.

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Bill: HB21-1198
Title: Health-care Billing Requirements For Indigent Patients
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
DescriptionConcerning health-care billing requirements for indigent patients receiving services not reimbursed through the Colorado indigent care program, and, in connection therewith, establishing procedures before initiating collections proceedings against a patient and making and reducing appropriations.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Buckner (D)
C. Kolker (D)
House:
I. Jodeh (D)
Summary

No later than June 1, 2022, a health-care facility shall screen each
uninsured patient for eligibility for public health insurance programs,

discounted care through the Colorado indigent care program (CICP), and
discounted care as described in the bill. Health-care facilities shall use a
single uniform application developed by the department of health care
policy and financing (department) when screening a patient. If a
health-care facility determines a patient is ineligible for discounted care,
the facility shall provide the patient notice of the determination and an
opportunity for the patient to appeal the determination.
For emergency and other non-CICP health-care services provided
to qualified patients, a health-care facility and licensed health-care
professional shall limit the amounts charged to not more than 80% of the
medicare rate if the patient is uninsured; collect amounts charged in
monthly installments such that a patient is not paying more than 5% of the
patient's household income; and after a cumulative 36 months of
payments, consider the patient's bill paid in full and permanently cease
any and all collection activities on any balance that remains unpaid.
A health-care facility shall make information about patient's rights
and the uniform application for discounted care available to the public
and to each patient.
Beginning June 1, 2023, and each June 1 thereafter, each
health-care facility shall collect and report to the department data that the
department determines is necessary to evaluate compliance across patient
groups based on race, ethnicity, and primary language spoken with the
required screening, discounted care, payment plan, and collections
practices.
No later than April 1, 2022, the department shall develop a written
explanation of a patient's rights, make the explanation available to the
public and each patient, and establish a process for patients to submit a
complaint relating to noncompliance with the requirements. The
department shall periodically review health-care facilities and licensed
health-care professionals (hospital providers) to ensure compliance, and
the department shall notify the hospital provider if the hospital provider
is not in compliance that the hospital provider has 90 days to file a
corrective action plan with the department. A hospital provider may
request up to 120 days to submit a corrective action plan. The department
may require a hospital provider that is not in compliance to develop and
operate under a corrective action plan until the department determines the
hospital provider is in compliance. The bill implements fines for hospital
providers if the department determines the hospital provider's
noncompliance is knowing or willful.
The bill imposes requirements on hospital providers before
assigning or selling patient debt to a medical creditor or before pursuing
any permissible extraordinary collection action and imposes fines for any
hospital provider that fails to comply with the requirements.
The bill prohibits a medical creditor from using impermissible
extraordinary collection action to collect debts owed for health-care
services provided by a hospital provider. A medical creditor may engage
in permissible extraordinary collection actions 180 days after the first bill
for a medical debt is sent to the patient. At least 30 days before taking any
permissible extraordinary collection action, a medical creditor shall
provide the patient with a notice about the discounted care policy, the
permissible extraordinary collection actions that will be initiated, and a
deadline after which such permissible extraordinary collection actions
will be initiated. If a patient is later found eligible for discounted care, the
medical creditor shall reverse any permissible extraordinary collection
actions.

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Bill: HB21-1200
Title: Revise Student Financial Literacy Standards
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning financial literacy standards for public schools, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/09/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lundeen (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House:
J. Rich (R)
C. Kipp (D)
Summary

The bill directs the state board of education (state board) to review,
during a recurring interval specified in the bill, standards relating to the
knowledge and skills that a student should acquire in school to ensure that
the financial literacy standards for ninth through twelfth grade include an
understanding of the costs associated with obtaining a postsecondary
degree or credential and how to budget for and manage the payment for
those costs, including managing student loan debt and accessing student
aid through completion of the free application for federal student aid

(FAFSA) and the Colorado application for state financial aid (CASFA);
understanding credit cards and credit card debt; understanding
homeownership and mortgages; and understanding retirement plans,
including investments and retirement benefits.
The bill adds to the resources contained in the existing financial
literacy resource bank created and maintained by the state board specific
references relating to assessing the affordability of higher education and
how to budget and pay for higher education, as well as how to manage
student loan debt; understanding the purpose of and how to access and
complete the FAFSA or CASFA; understanding credit cards and credit
card debt; understanding the home buying process, including home loans
and managing mortgage debt; and understanding retirement plans,
including investments and retirement benefits.
Under current law, school districts are encouraged to adopt a
financial literacy curriculum and to make completion of a course in
financial literacy a graduation requirement. The bill adds assessing the
affordability of higher education and how to budget and pay for higher
education, as well as how to manage student loan debt, to the suggested
financial literacy curriculum, as well as familiarizing students with the
process and required forms to apply for financial aid, grants, and
scholarships, including the FAFSA and CASFA.
Further, the bill requires school districts and charter schools, as
part of the process of establishing the individual career and academic plan
for a student in grades 9 through 12, to inform the student and the
student's parents of the importance of completing the FAFSA and
CASFA and to provide help in completing the forms, if requested.

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Bill: HB21-1201
Title: Transparency Telecommunications Correctional Facilities
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
- Telecommunications & Information Technology
DescriptionConcerning transparency of penal communications service providers in correctional facilities, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (05/24/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
K. Tipper (D)
Summary

The bill requires penal telecommunications service providers
(providers) who provide penal telecommunications services (services) to
correctional facilities (facilities) to maintain data and records (data)
related to the services provided to those facilities. The bill requires
providers to submit the data and a report on the services provided to the
public utilities commission (commission) on a quarterly basis. The

commission is required to publish the data and report on its website in a
format accessible by the public.
The commission shall establish a maximum per-minute rate for
in-state debit, prepaid, and collect calls to or from facilities, and shall
conduct trial tests to ensure accountability and transparency.
Current law exempts providers and the services provided from
oversight by the commission. The bill grants the commission authority
over providers and the services provided.

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Bill: HB21-1204
Title: Unemployment Insurance Marijuana-licensed Business
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
DescriptionConcerning the treatment of a marijuana-licensee-owned business that provides employment services to a commonly controlled marijuana business as a single employing unit.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/29/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
C. Holbert (R)
J. Ginal (D)
House:
M. Snyder (D)
Summary

Current law states that a common paymaster is not a single
employing unit for purposes of considering the services performed by
another employing unit subject to a single or common payroll. The bill

creates an exception for an employee leasing company or other employing
entity that is owned by one or more persons who have a medical or retail
marijuana license and who own at least 50% of an entity that shares the
employee leasing company's or other employing entity's services. The
employee leasing company or other employing entity is not considered a
common paymaster for the purposes of the Colorado Employment
Security Act.

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Bill: HB21-1206
Title: Medicaid Transportation Services
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Human Services
- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning the protection of critical services through the creation of sustainable medicaid transportation safety requirements, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
D. Moreno (D)
House:
C. Larson (R)
A. Valdez (D)
Summary

Current law requires the public utilities commission (commission)
to oversee the safety and oversight of medicaid nonmedical and
nonemergency medical transportation services (transportation services).
The bill eliminates the commission's responsibility to oversee the safety
and oversight of the transportation services.

The bill requires the department of health care policy and
financing (department) to oversee the safety and oversight of the
transportation services. The bill also requires the department to
collaborate with stakeholders to establish rules and processes for the
transportation services.

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Bill: HB21-1207
Title: Overpayment Of Workers' Compensation Benefits
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
DescriptionConcerning the overpayment of workers' compensation benefits.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lee (D)
R. Fields (D)
House:
A. Benavidez (D)
L. Daugherty (D)
Summary

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

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

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Bill: HB21-1208
Title: Natural Disaster Mitigation Enterprise
Bill Subject- Natural Resources & Environment
- State Government
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 natural disaster mitigation grant program.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Priola (R)
F. Winter (D)
House:
M. Gray (D)
L. Cutter (D)
Summary

Section 1 of the bill creates the natural disaster mitigation
enterprise (enterprise). The enterprise collects a fee on insurance
companies that offer certain insurance policies and uses the fee revenue

to finance the natural disaster mitigation grant program and provide local
governments technical assistance on natural disaster mitigation. The
enterprise awards natural disaster mitigation grants to assist local
governments in implementing resilience and natural disaster mitigation
measures and to assist entities that apply for federal grants that require
matching funds and are dedicated to assisting in the implementation of
pre-disaster natural disaster mitigation measures.
Section 2 sets the fee at $1.25 of every $1,000 in insurance
premiums collected on certain policies by the insurance companies that
offer those insurance policies.
The board of directors of the enterprise shall submit a report by
July 1 of each year to the committees of reference of the general assembly
to which the department of public safety is assigned regarding the grant
program.

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Bill: HB21-1209
Title: Parole Eligibility For Youthful Offenders
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning offenders who committed an offense when under twenty-one years of age, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lee (D)
House:
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
L. Daugherty (D)
Summary

The bill makes an offender serving a sentence in the department
of corrections for a felony offense that was committed while the offender
was 18 to 24 years of age eligible for parole after the offender serves 50%
of the sentence and after the offender has served at least 15 calendar years
in prison. There is a presumption, subject to the parole board's discretion,
that the offender will be released on parole if the offender has not had any

code of penal discipline violations in the last 5 years and no class I code
of penal discipline violations in the last 10 years.
The department of corrections operates a specialized program for
offenders who are serving a prison sentence for a felony offense
committed while the offender was a juvenile as a result of criminal
charges filed by direct file or transfer proceedings. The bill would expand
program eligibility to adults serving a sentence for a felony that was
committed when the person was under 21 years of age. The bill changes
some of the eligibility criteria for the specialized program for an offender
who was a juvenile as a result of criminal charges filed by direct file or
transfer proceedings.

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Bill: HB21-1211
Title: Regulation Of Restrictive Housing In Jails
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning regulations for restrictive housing in local jails.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lee (D)
House:
J. Amabile (D)
Summary

Beginning July 1, 2022, the bill prohibits a local jail with a bed
capacity of over 400 beds from involuntarily placing an individual in
restrictive housing if the individual meets any one of the following
conditions:
  • The individual is diagnosed with a serious mental health
disorder or is exhibiting self-harm, grossly abnormal and

irrational behaviors, or breaks with reality or perceptions of
reality indicating the presence of a serious mental health
disorder;
  • The individual has self-reported a serious mental health
disorder;
  • The individual has a significant auditory or visual
impairment that cannot otherwise be accommodated;
  • The individual is pregnant or in the postpartum period;
  • The individual is significantly neurocognitively impaired
by a condition such as dementia or a traumatic brain injury;
  • The individual is under 18 years of age; or
  • The individual has an intellectual or developmental
disability.
Beginning July 1, 2021, the bill requires each local jail to keep and
maintain a record of certain data regarding each individual placed in
restrictive housing and certain data regarding each individual with a
mental health condition or substance use condition and those transferred
for a mental health hold.

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Bill: HB21-1212
Title: Diversity Of Governor's Appointments To Boards
Bill Subject- State Government
DescriptionConcerning the diversity of members appointed by the governor to boards authorized by the general assembly.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/24/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
D. Coram (R)
House:
D. Esgar (D)
M. Soper (R)
Summary

The bill requires the governor to appoint members of diverse
groups to statewide boards, commissions, committees, and task forces
authorized by the general assembly.

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Bill: HB21-1214
Title: Record Sealing Collateral Consequences Reduction
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning increased eligibility for procedures to reduce collateral sanctions experienced by defendants, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (05/27/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lee (D)
J. Coleman (D)
House:
M. Weissman (D)
J. Bacon (D)
Summary

Under current law, adults and juveniles can file motions for relief
from collateral consequences. The bill states that a motion can be filed
related to convictions retroactively.
The bill allows the state public defender and the office of alternate
defense counsel to seek and accept gifts, grants, and donations for the
purposes of representing defendants in record sealing proceedings.

The bill creates an automatic sealing process for arrest records
when no criminal charges are filed. For arrest records on or after January
1, 2022, the Colorado bureau of investigation (CBI) shall seal arrest
records in its custody and control after a year has passed without the filing
of criminal charges. For arrest records before January 1, 2022, CBI shall
seal arrest records for:
  • Felonies with a 3-year statute of limitations if 3 years has
passed since the date of arrest without the filing of charges;
and
  • Misdemeanors, traffic misdemeanors, petty offenses, or
municipal violations with an 18-month statute of
limitations or less if 18 months has passed since the date of
arrest without the filing of charges.
Felony arrest records with a statute of limitations of longer than 3
years or with no statute of limitation are not eligible for automatic sealing.
Under current law misdemeanor offenses ineligible for sealing are
eligible if the district attorney consents to the sealing or if the court finds,
by clear and convincing evidence, that the petitioner's need for sealing of
the record is significant and substantial, the passage of time is such that
the petitioner is no longer a threat to public safety, and the public
disclosure of the record is no longer necessary to protect or inform the
public. The bill adds drug level 1 felonies, class 4, class 5, or class 6
felonies, or unclassified felonies that are not a crimes of violence to those
offenses eligible.
The bill creates a process for a person with multiple conviction
records that are eligible for sealing due to an intervening conviction to
petition the court in a civil proceeding to have the records sealed. The
district attorney has an opportunity to object, and if the district attorney
objects, the court sets the matter for hearing to determine whether to seal
the records.
The bill allows a person who receives a full pardon to have his or
her conviction record sealed.
The bill creates a process to automatically seal drug convictions.
The state court administrator (administrator) shall compile a list of drug
convictions that are eligible for sealing under current law, and:
  • If the drug conviction is for a petty offense or
misdemeanor, that 7 years have past since the disposition
of the case; or
  • If the drug conviction is for a felony, that at least 10 years
have past since the disposition of the case.
After the administrator compiles the list, the administrator shall
send the list to the Colorado bureau of investigation (bureau) for review
and the bureau shall remove any convictions in which the identity of the
defendant is unverifiable or convictions in the which defendant had
another conviction during the waiting period. The bureau shall send its
list to each district attorney in the state. The district attorney shall remove
any convictions in which a condition of a plea was that the defendant
agreed to not have the case sealed and convictions in which the defendant
has pending criminal charges. Each district attorney shall send its
amended list to the administrator. The administrator shall compile each
of the lists into one list and sort the convictions by judicial district.
If the chief judge of a judicial district authorizes the administrator
to issue sealing orders, the administrator shall issue sealing orders based
on the list received from the district attorneys. If the chief judge of a
judicial district does not authorize the administrator to issue sealing
orders, the district attorney shall send the list to the chief judge for the
judicial district and the courts of that judicial district shall enter sealing
orders based on the list received.
The administrator shall develop a website that allows defendants
to confidentially determine whether his or her conviction has been sealed
and information about how to receive a copy of the sealing order.

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Bill: HB21-1215
Title: Expansion Of Justice Crime Prevention Initiative
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning the expansion of the justice reinvestment crime prevention initiative, and, in connection therewith, creating a small business grant program for justice-system-involved persons and making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/11/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lee (D)
D. Hisey (R)
House:
R. Holtorf (R)
D. Ortiz (D)
Summary

The justice reinvestment crime prevention initiative (initiative),
administered by the Colorado department of local affairs in the division
of local government (department), incorporates programs that expand

small business lending and provide grants aimed at reducing crime and
promoting community development in certain target communities.
Effective October 1, 2021, the bill:
  • Expands the initiative to a statewide program; and
  • Adds a small business grant program for formerly
incarcerated persons (program) to the initiative.
The bill requires the department to work with the Colorado
department of corrections and the Colorado office of economic
development in developing and implementing the program. The program
shall include:
  • A training program in business, finance, and
entrepreneurship for formerly incarcerated persons;
  • A small business grant for formerly incarcerated persons
who have completed the training program and are selected
by the department through a rigorous application process;
and
  • An ongoing consulting program in business, finance, and
entrepreneurship for the selected grant recipients.
Selected grant recipients are eligible for the consulting program for
at least one year from selection. The grants are funded from the general
fund and are limited to no more than $50,000 per selected grant recipient
per year.

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Bill: HB21-1216
Title: Marijuana Licensees Ability To Change Designation
Bill Subject- Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
DescriptionConcerning the ability for certain marijuana licensees to change the designation of marijuana from retail to medical.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
K. Van Winkle (R)
A. Valdez (D)
Summary

The bill allows a medical marijuana cultivation facility licensee to
receive and change marijuana's designation from retail to medical and a
marijuana products manufacturer licensee to receive and change a
marijuana product from retail to medical.
The bill clarifies that a transfer and change of designation of the

marijuana from retail to medical does not create a right to a refund of a
retail marijuana excise tax imposed or paid prior to the transfer and
change of designation.

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Bill: HB21-1217
Title: Military Family Open Enrollment In Public Schools
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Military & Veterans
DescriptionConcerning active duty military family enrollment in public schools.
StatusSent to the Governor (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
House:
R. Bockenfeld (R)
J. Bacon (D)
Summary

The bill defines inbound active duty military member as an
active duty military member who receives new orders, or a command
letter issued in lieu of orders, for a permanent change of station to a
department of defense military installation in Colorado.
The bill requires a school district, district charter school, and
institute charter school to accept the school liaison address for the military

installation for purposes of demonstrating residency for inbound active
duty military members participating in open enrollment.
The bill requires a school district, district charter school, and
institute charter school to grant guaranteed automatic matriculation to the
child of an inbound active duty military member while the child remains
in the school, and priority preference for younger siblings of the child for
enrollment in subsequent school years.
If an inbound active duty military member is mission essential as
certified by the commander of the military installation and is required to
live on the military installation due to that certification, the inbound
active duty military member's child must be enrolled in the school or
program of a school district or in the charter school of the inbound active
duty military member's choice. The school shall grant guaranteed
automatic matriculation while the child remains in the school and siblings
receive priority preference for enrollment in the school in subsequent
school years.

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Bill: HB21-1218
Title: Professional Fire Fighters License Plate Standards
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning organizational requirements to qualify applicants to be issued the Colorado professional fire fighters license plate.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
L. Garcia (D)
J. Danielson (D)
House:
R. Bockenfeld (R)
M. Duran (D)
Summary

Current law provides for the issuance of a Colorado professional
fire fighters license plate and sets standards for organizations that may
qualify applicants to be issued the license plate. One of the qualifications
is that the organization has been in existence for at least 20 years. The bill
lowers this requirement to at least 15 years.

Current law also requires that the organization have at least 3,000
members residing in Colorado. The bill specifies the evidence an
organization is to submit to demonstrate compliance with this provision.

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Bill: HB21-1219
Title: Nurses Special License Plate
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning a special license plate to recognize nurses in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Buckner (D)
D. Moreno (D)
House:
D. Esgar (D)
K. Mullica (D)
Summary

The bill establishes a special license plate to recognize Colorado
nurses. Beginning the earlier of January 15, 2022, or when the department
of revenue (department) is able to issue the plates, the department shall
issue Colorado nurses license plates to qualified applicants. The
department may begin issuing the Colorado nurses license plate if a
nurses foundation obtains commitments for the purchase of at least 3,000

Colorado nurses license plates and provides to the department a list of the
names and addresses of persons requesting such plates by January 15,
2022.
The nurses foundation may design the Colorado nurses license
plate, but the license plate must conform with standards established by the
department. A person may apply for a Colorado nurses license plate if the
person pays the required taxes and fees and provides to the department a
certificate issued by the nurses foundation confirming that the applicant
has made a donation to the nurses foundation in an amount that the nurses
foundation may determine but that may not exceed $100.

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Bill: HB21-1220
Title: Colorado Child Support Commission Recommendations
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Courts & Judicial
DescriptionConcerning implementing recommendations of the Colorado child support commission.
StatusGovernor Signed (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
House:
M. Froelich (D)
Summary

The bill enacts recommendations of the Colorado child support
commission concerning the establishment, calculation, and enforcement
of child support, including:
  • Technical amendments to clarify changes made to the child
support guidelines pursuant to House Bill 19-1215 relating
to a missing component of the schedule of basic child

support obligations and clarifications relating to calculation
of support;
  • Defines the terms child and parent for purposes of
commencing actions concerning the allocation of parental
responsibilities and clarifies that the court shall determine
legal parentage and join all necessary parties to the action;
  • Reduces the interest rate on unpaid child support;
  • Eliminates outdated provisions of the income assignment
statute and brings the statute in compliance with federal
law;
  • Clarifies notice requirements for income assignments and
requires an employer to report and withhold from lump
sum payments;
  • Clarifies that both the dependency and neglect court and
the paternity and child support court have concurrent
jurisdiction to address issues of parentage;
  • Removes a limitation on the amount of the increase for
orders increasing support filed by the child support
enforcement agency against an obligor for whom income
information is not available;
  • Requires life insurance settlements to be reported to the
child support enforcement agency commencing January 1,
2022; and
  • Adds contract employee to the state directory of new hires
for child support enforcement purposes.

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Bill: HB21-1221
Title: Bullying Prevention And Education In Schools
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning measures to prevent bullying in public schools.
StatusGovernor Signed (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
House:
L. Cutter (D)
M. Young (D)
Summary

The bill requires the department of education (department) to
utilize a stakeholder process when updating the model bullying
prevention and education policy (model policy), which process must
include the parents of students who have been bullied. At a minimum, the
model policy must clearly differentiate between a conflict and bullying
and differentiate between harassment and bullying and clarify the role of
cyberbullying during online instruction, which may occur on or off school
property.

Current law requires each school district and charter school to
adopt a safe school plan that includes:
  • A conduct and discipline code with a specific policy
concerning bullying prevention and education (bullying
policy). The bill requires the bullying policy to incorporate
the approaches, policies, and practices outlined in the
model policy.
  • Safe school reporting requirements that include the number
of conduct and discipline code violations relating to a
school activity or sanctioned event that is detrimental to the
welfare or safety of other students or of school personnel,
including incidents of bullying. The bill requires incidents
of bullying be listed as a separate type of violation.
The bill specifies bullying as a behavior that may be grounds for
suspension or expulsion of a student from public school.

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Bill: HB21-1222
Title: Regulation Of Family Child Care Homes
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning aligning local governing authority regulations to expand opportunities to access child care in family child care homes.
StatusGovernor Signed (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
F. Winter (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
House:
K. Van Winkle (R)
A. Valdez (D)
Summary

The bill requires that family child care homes be classified as
residences for purposes of licensure and local regulations, including
zoning, land use development, fire and life safety, and building codes.
The bill also adds a provision stating that whenever the state department
of human services reviews and rewrites its rules concerning child care

agencies or facilities, it shall seek advice from the department of public
safety when such rules relate to specific types of child care agencies or
facilities.

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Bill: HB21-1223
Title: Create Outdoor Recreation Industry Office
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning the creation of the outdoor recreation industry office in the office of economic development.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/20/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
T. Story (D)
House:
B. McLachlan (D)
M. Soper (R)
Summary

The bill creates the outdoor recreation industry office in the office
of economic development. The director of the outdoor recreation industry
office is designated by and reports to the director of the office of
economic development.
The outdoor recreation industry office serves as a central
coordinator of outdoor recreation industry matters.

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Bill: HB21-1224
Title: Modification To Statutes Governing Foreclosure Of Real Property
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
- Local Government
DescriptionConcerning modifications to the provisions governing foreclosure sales of real property.
StatusSent to the Governor (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
F. Winter (D)
House:
P. Neville (R)
S. Bird (D)
Summary

Under current law, when real property is sold in a foreclosure sale
for an amount above the value of the lien on the property, any excess
amount (overbid), after paying all junior lienors, is paid to the owner of
the property as of the recording of the election to foreclose. The bill
requires that any overbid is instead paid to the person liable under the
related evidence of debt.

The bill also adds to the definition of qualified holder a private
company that originates, insures, guaranties, or purchases loans on behalf
of an entity that holds time-share evidence of debt and deeds of trust with
a minimum of $5 million in assets or not less than 1,000 loans.

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Bill: HB21-1225
Title: Electronic Recording Technology Board
Bill Subject- Local Government
DescriptionConcerning the electronic recording technology board, and, in connection therewith, delaying the board's repeal and sunset review so that the board may continue making grants to counties, extending the filing surcharge collected by county clerk and recorders on behalf of the board, expanding the scope of allowable grants, and extending reporting requirements.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/09/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Bridges (D)
B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House:
S. Bird (D)
P. Will (R)
Summary

The electronic recording technology board (board), which was
created in 2016, makes grants to counties to establish, maintain, improve,
or replace their electronic filing systems. These grants are from
surcharges collected by county clerk and recorders and transmitted to the
state for deposit in the electronic recording technology fund. The bill
makes the following changes related to the board:
  • Delays the repeal and sunset review of the board by 4 years
so that it will take place just over 10 years after the board's
creation;
  • Extends the board's surcharge;
  • Extends the board's annual reporting requirement about its
grants for 4 more years and requires an additional 5-year
report about the overall success of the program;
  • Permits the board to make grants to a county to improve the
security of its general information technology systems, if
the improvement is necessary to improve the security of the
county's electronic filing system; and
  • Specifies that the board may approve a grant application to
establish, maintain, improve, or replace an electronic filing
system, notwithstanding that a portion of the grant will be
used to enable the system to receive, store, manage, and
provide online access to public documents that are
maintained by the county clerk and recorder but that are not
related to real property.

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Bill: HB21-1226
Title: More Robust Check Station Aquatic Nuisance Species
Bill Subject- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning additional measures to control aquatic nuisance species, and, in connection therewith, prohibiting a person from refusing to stop at a check station and directing the division of parks and wildlife to report to the general assembly regarding implementation of the act.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/20/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
K. Donovan (D)
House:
D. Esgar (D)
P. Will (R)
Summary

Current law allows qualified peace officers to stop a conveyance,

including a boat trailer and a boat, and inspect the conveyance for the
presence of aquatic nuisance species before the boat is launched onto
waters of the state and before departing from the waters of the state or a
vessel staging area, and to impound and quarantine a conveyance that is
contaminated until it is decontaminated. Authorized agents can detain and
inspect conveyances but cannot impound or quarantine conveyances.
Section 1 of the bill directs the division of parks and wildlife in the
department of natural resources to investigate the methods that other
states are using with respect to the location and operation of check
stations and report regarding its investigation and the operation of check
stations pursuant to the bill to the general assembly's committees with
jurisdiction over wildlife.
Section 2 authorizes a qualified peace officer to stop and inspect
for the presence of aquatic nuisance species a conveyance that has
encountered an aquatic nuisance species check station.
Section 3 prohibits a person who encounters a check station from
failing or refusing to stop at the check station while transporting a
conveyance during the check station's hours of operation without
presenting the conveyance for inspection.

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Bill: HB21-1227
Title: Medicaid Nursing Facilities Demonstration Of Need
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning medical assistance program requirements for nursing facilities, and, in connection therewith, establishing a demonstration of need.
StatusSent to the Governor (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House:
S. Lontine (D)
M. Soper (R)
Summary

The bill requires the department of health care policy and
financing (department) to develop, analyze, and enforce a demonstration
of need for each new nursing facility provider seeking medicaid
certification. The requirement does not apply to a nursing facility provider
certified prior to June 30, 2021.

The bill requires the medical services board to promulgate rules,
no later than June 30, 2022, addressing the establishment of criteria to be
used in determining a nursing facility provider's medicaid certification.
The bill allows the department to exempt nursing facilities with 5
or fewer medicaid beds from the current reimbursement methodology and
instead require the facilities to be reimbursed at the statewide average
rate.

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Bill: HB21-1228
Title: Domestic Violence Training Court Personnel
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
DescriptionConcerning oversight of court personnel who are regularly involved in cases related to domestic matters, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
F. Winter (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
House:
M. Froelich (D)
Summary

The bill increases and clarifies domestic violence training
requirements (training) for court personnel (personnel) who are regularly
involved in cases related to domestic matters, including child and family
investigators, parenting responsibility evaluators, and legal
representatives of children.
Training for all personnel must include both an initial training

requirement as well as an ongoing annual continuing education
requirement as follows:
  • Six initial hours of training on domestic violence and its
traumatic effects on children, adults, and families;
  • Six initial hours of training on child abuse and its traumatic
effects; and
  • Four subsequent hours of training every 2 years on
domestic violence and child abuse and the traumatic effects
on children, adults, and families.

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Bill: HB21-1229
Title: Home Owners' Associations Governance Funding Record Keeping
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Housing
- Insurance
- Local Government
DescriptionConcerning increased protections for unit owners in the governance of unit owners' associations under the "Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act".
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
House:
N. Ricks (D)
B. Titone (D)
Summary

The bill increases requirements for disclosure and transparency in
the operations of unit owners' associations (HOAs) in common interest
communities, including:
  • Posting on the HOA information and resource center's
website the community's governing documents, and any

amendments to those documents, in addition to recording
them in the county land records as required by current law
(sections 5 and 17 of the bill);
  • Supplying a list of the HOA's current fees chargeable upon
sale of a home in the community to the HOA information
and resource center for posting on the center's own website
(sections 14 and 17);
  • Posting on a website, with the web address communicated
annually to all unit owners, the contact information for the
HOA and its management company, if any, as well as other
information currently required to be disclosed (section 6);
  • Specifically authorizing the state internet portal authority
to coordinate with the HOA information and resource
center to host HOA websites on behalf of registered HOAs
(sections 1 and 17);
  • Allowing unit owners to place items on a meeting agenda
by petition, to record any portion of an open meeting, and
to invite a registered parliamentarian to observe executive
board elections (sections 11 and 12);
  • Limiting the use of proxies by requiring express delegation
of a unit owner's voting rights in a signed, dated writing
(section 12);
  • Prohibiting any action to be taken at an open meeting by
written or secret ballot unless at least 20% of the unit
owners in attendance or represented by proxy so request
(section 12); and
  • If access to association records required to be provided
within 30 calendar days after a request was submitted by
certified mail is withheld beyond that period, penalizing the
HOA $50 per day for not providing them (section 14).
The bill also requires:
  • Members of an HOA's executive board to either certify that
they know and fully understand the HOA's governing
documents or complete a free, online basic training course
offered or approved by the HOA information and resource
center (sections 8 and 17);
  • The executive board to commission a reserve study at least
every 3 years and, at least annually, to adjust the HOA's
finances accordingly (sections 7 and 10); and
  • All contracts for goods or services over a specific dollar
amount to be awarded based on a competitive bid process
involving at least 3 bids if possible (section 13).
For purposes of the reserve study requirements, HOAs with fewer
than 35 residential units that do not employ professional association
managers may conduct an internal reserve study.
Under current law, the developer of a subdivision (declarant) is not
required to transfer control of the HOA to executive board members
representing the owners of units in the subdivision until specified
percentages of the units are sold to initial purchasers. Section 10 places
limits on the amount of time that may pass before the declarant must turn
over control of the HOA to unit owners, regardless of the percentage of
units that remain unsold, and requires the annual budget to detail
proposed allocations to the reserve fund and a history of the prior year's
expenditures from the reserve fund. Section 10 also requires any vacancy
on the executive board that occurs more than 60 days before the next
board election to be filled by a special election rather than by the
remaining board members as allowed by current law.
Section 9 prohibits the HOA from closing off or limiting use of
the common elements except for a finite period of time, with advance
notice to unit owners and a statement of the reason for the closure, and
prohibits the selective scheduling of maintenance on common elements
to immediately benefit certain units in preference over others.
Upon the sale of a unit, current law requires disclosure to the buyer
of certain HOA documents. Section 14 requires the HOA to ensure that
the documents provided to a buyer or posted online are correct and
complete, and gives the buyer the right to sue for damages if they are not.
Section 15 requires the HOA to disclose whether a loss has occurred to
common property that may result in a future assessment against unit
owners, and section 16 requires property and casualty insurers to pay
claims for loss assessments based on when the assessment is made rather
than when the loss occurred, thus avoiding a potential gap in coverage for
the buyer of the unit.
Section 2 adds specificity to the requirement that HOAs allow
installation of renewable energy generation devices (e.g., solar panels)
subject to reasonable aesthetic guidelines by requiring approval or denial
of a completed application within 60 days and requiring approval if
imposition of the aesthetic guidelines would result in more than a 10%
reduction in efficiency or a 10% increase in price.
Section 3:
  • Amends current provisions regarding political yard signs to
specify that the election season during which such signs
must be permitted begins 45 days before the first mail-in
ballots are sent to voters, rather than 45 days before the
official date of the election; and
  • Specifically includes nonvegetative turf grass (also known
as artificial turf) among the types of drought-tolerant
landscaping materials that the HOA may regulate but not
prohibit.
Section 4 requires any dispute between the HOA and a unit owner
to be submitted to mediation, either through the office of dispute
resolution within the Colorado judicial branch or through other available
mediation services, prior to the commencement of any legal proceeding.
The HOA's acceptance of a settlement proposed by the mediator does not
preclude the HOA from enforcing covenants or rules in any future
proceeding.

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Bill: HB21-1230
Title: Create User-friendly State Internet Rules Portal
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
DescriptionConcerning creation of a user-friendly state internet portal relating to state agency rules, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/04/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Zenzinger (D)
R. Woodward (R)
House:
M. Baisley (R)
B. Titone (D)
Summary

The bill directs the office of information technology, in
consultation with the secretary of state, the statewide internet portal
authority, the department of regulatory agencies, and an appointee of the
governor who has experience with digital transformation, to take primary
responsibility to develop a centralized, statewide internet portal for access
to all agency rule-making that is highly visible on the state's main website

portal, and to make the portal available for use by June 30, 2022.

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Bill: HB21-1231
Title: United States Space Force
Bill Subject- Military & Veterans
DescriptionConcerning the United States Space Force, and, in connection therewith, authorizing the Colorado Space National Guard and including the United States Space Force in statutory references to the branches of the United States armed forces.
StatusSent to the Governor (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
J. Bridges (D)
House:
D. Ortiz (D)
M. Lynch (R)
Summary

The bill authorizes the Space National Guard to be added to
provisions in statute that mention the Army National Guard and Air

National Guard. The federal government is likely to create the Space
National Guard in the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act.
Implementing the Space National Guard in existing statute now will allow
the Air National Guard space units to transition to the Space National
Guard once the federal government establishes the Space National Guard.
The bill also adds Space Force to provisions in statute that list
the branches of the armed forces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and
the Coast Guard.

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Bill: HB21-1232
Title: Standardized Health Benefit Plan Colorado Option
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
DescriptionConcerning the establishment of a standardized health benefit plan to be offered in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusGovernor Signed (06/16/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Donovan (D)
House:
D. Roberts (D)
I. Jodeh (D)
Summary

The bill requires the commissioner of insurance (commissioner)
in the department of regulatory agencies to establish a standardized health
benefit plan (standardized plan) by rule to be offered by health insurance
carriers (carriers) in the individual and small group markets. The
standardized plan must:
  • Offer health-care coverage at the bronze, silver, and gold

levels;
  • Be offered through the Colorado health benefit exchange;
  • Be a standardized benefit design created through a
stakeholder engagement process;
  • Provide first-dollar, predictable coverage for certain high
value services; and
  • Comply with state and federal law.
Beginning January 1, 2023, and each year thereafter, the bill
encourages carriers that offer:
  • An individual health benefit plan in Colorado to offer the
standardized plan in the individual market; and
  • A small group health benefit plan in Colorado to offer the
standardized plan in the small group market.
For 2023, each carrier shall set a goal of offering a standardized
plan premium that is at least 10% less than the premium rate for health
benefit plans offered by that carrier in the 2021 calendar year in the
individual and small group market. For 2024, each carrier shall set a goal
of offering a standardized plan premium that is at least 20% less than the
premium rate for health benefit plans offered by that carrier in the 2021
calendar year in the individual and small group market. For 2025 and
each year thereafter, carriers are encouraged to limit annual premium rate
increases for the standardized plan to no more than the consumer price
index plus one percent, relative to the previous year.
The Colorado option authority (authority) is created for the
purpose of operating as a carrier to offer the standardized plan as the
Colorado option if the carriers do not meet the established premium rate
goals. The authority shall operate as a nonprofit, unincorporated public
entity. The authority is required to implement a provider fee schedule as
established by the commissioner in consultation with the executive
director of the department of health care policy and financing.
Health-care providers and health facilities are required to accept
consumers who are enrolled in any health benefit plan offered by the
authority.
The bill creates an advisory committee to make recommendations
to the authority concerning the development, implementation, and
operation of the authority.
The commissioner is required to apply to the secretary of the
United States department of health and human services for a waiver and
include a request for a pass-through of federal funding to capture savings
as a result of the implementation of the standardized plan. The
commissioner is required to disapprove of a rate filing submitted by a
carrier if the rate filing reflects a cost shift between the standardized plan
and the health benefit plan for which rate approval is being sought.
The bill makes the failure to accept consumers who are covered
through the Colorado option or the balance billing of a patient in violation
of this bill grounds for discipline under specified practice acts.
The bill repeals the authority and its functions if the United States
congress establishes a national public option program that meets or
exceeds the premium rate goals set forth in and health-care coverage
pursuant to this bill.

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Bill: HB21-1233
Title: Conservation Easement Tax Credit Modifications
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning modifications to the requirements for claiming an income tax credit for the donation of a perpetual conservation easement, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Donovan (D)
F. Winter (D)
House:
D. Roberts (D)
P. Will (R)
Summary

The bill makes the following changes affecting claims for an
income tax credit allowed for the donation of a perpetual conservation
easement in gross (tax credit):
  • Specifies that the division of conservation can be a holder
of a conservation easement in gross;

  • Eliminates a requirement that amounts deducted for federal
income tax purposes for the donation of a conservation
easement be added back for purposes of calculating
Colorado taxable income;
  • Modifies the definition of taxpayer to clarify the
applicability of the tax credit to donations made by certain
nonprofit and governmental entities;
  • Modifies the process for filing conservation easement tax
credit certificates with income tax returns;
  • Eliminates the authority of the executive director of the
department of revenue to require additional information
regarding the amount and validity of tax credits and to
resolve disputes regarding the credits;
  • Establishes a process for the department of revenue to track
the transfer of and certify the ownership of tax credits;
  • Modifies the formula used to calculate the amount of the
tax credit;
  • Modifies the manner in which the amount of a tax credit is
allocated among owners, partners, members, or
shareholders of certain legal entities;
  • Modifies certain provisions regarding the number of tax
credits that may be claimed and the manner of claiming the
credits;
  • Eliminates the requirement that the donor of an easement
is the tax matters representative for purposes of resolving
issues and disputes relating to a transferred credit; and
  • Eliminates obsolete reporting requirements.

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Bill: HB21-1234
Title: Supplemental Education High-impact Tutoring Programs
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning reducing student learning loss through the creation of high-impact tutoring programs, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusGovernor Signed (06/16/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Moreno (D)
B. Rankin (R)
House:
K. Tipper (D)
M. Bradfield (R)
Summary

The bill creates the Colorado high-impact tutoring program
(program) to provide grant funding to local education providers, as
defined in the bill, to create high-impact tutoring programs (tutoring
programs) to address student learning loss and unfinished learning due to
the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic in Colorado. A local education
provider or group of providers may apply to the department of education

(department) for a grant.
To receive a grant, a local education provider shall apply to the
department and shall demonstrate need, as determined by the department,
which may include serving low-income or underserved students.
The application must also include the local education provider's
plan for its tutoring program (program plan), which must include the
elements of a tutoring program and must detail how the local education
provider will implement the program plan.
The department shall review grant applications, and the
commissioner of education (commissioner) shall award grants. In
awarding grants, the commissioner shall consider the alignment of the
local education provider's program plan with the requirements of the
tutoring program, the number of students projected to be served, the
needs of a rural local education provider for financial or technical support
to implement a tutoring program, the cost of implementing the local
education provider's tutoring program, the amount of available money for
program grants, and any other criteria determined by the commissioner.
The state board of education may promulgate rules necessary to
implement the program.
In each year in which a grant is awarded, the bill requires a local
education provider receiving a grant to report to the department
information concerning the implementation of the tutoring program,
including student outcomes. The department shall also report annually to
the education committees of the general assembly, summarizing local
education providers' tutoring programs and student outcomes.
The department is not required to implement the program if there
is insufficient money to award program grants.
The bill repeals the program after 5 years.

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Bill: HB21-1236
Title: State Information Technology
Bill Subject- Telecommunications & Information Technology
DescriptionConcerning the modification of certain statutory provisions to reflect the current state information technology environment.
StatusGovernor Signed (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Priola (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House:
M. Baisley (R)
B. Titone (D)
Summary

Joint Technology Committee. The bill modifies the laws that
create the joint technology committee (JTC), the Colorado cybersecurity
council (council), and the office of information technology (office), to
reflect the current information technology (IT) environment and direction
in the state.

Joint technology committee. Section 1 of the bill updates
definitions used by the JTC to be consistent with the definitions used by
the office.
Current law specifies the powers and duties of the JTC. Section 2
allows the JTC to request information and presentations regarding data
privacy and data security, specifies that the JTC oversees any state agency
that has been delegated IT functions by the office, and makes other
modifications to make the provisions governing the JTC and the office
consistent.
Colorado cybersecurity council. Current law creates the council
to develop cybersecurity policies and guidance and to coordinate with the
legislative and judicial branches regarding cybersecurity issues. Sections
3 and 4
specify additional functions of the council, modify the
composition of the council, and allow the council to coordinate with other
entities regarding cybersecurity.
Office of information technology. Current law contains multiple
definitions sections that apply to the office. Section 5 consolidates all of
the definitions that apply to the office into one section and updates some
definitions to align with best practices and industry standards.
Section 6 relocates provisions of current law regarding the
information technology revolving fund and the coordination of the
statewide geographic information system.
Current law specifies the roles and responsibilities of the office.
Section 7 repeals and reenacts the law and defines the office's roles and
responsibilities in connection with IT.
Current law specifies the responsibilities of state agencies
regarding IT. Section 8 adds additional responsibilities when a state
agency undertakes a major IT project, when a state agency is the business
owner of an IT system, and when the office is involved in a state agency's
IT project only as a party to the contract. Section 8 also authorizes the
office to delegate an IT function to a state agency and specifies
procedures and requirements that the office and the state agency are
required to follow when such delegation occurs.
Current law describes the duties and responsibilities of the chief
information officer (CIO). Section 9 repeals and reenacts the current
provisions in law and updates the duties and responsibilities of the CIO.
Section 10 relocates current law that authorizes the revisor of
statutes to change certain statutory references in connection with the
creation of the office.
Sections 11 and 12 update the timelines and dates for the
development of IT security plans and certain required reports regarding
those plans for state agencies, institutions of higher education, and the
legislative branch.
Current law creates an interdepartmental data protocol that governs
data-sharing among state agencies. Section 13 repeals and reenacts
current law and specifies requirements of the office and the government
data advisory board regarding the creation of a data-sharing and privacy
master plan and additional requirements for when a state agency shares
personal identifying information with another state agency.
Section 14 updates the office's annual reporting requirement to the
general assembly regarding IT asset inventory.
Sections 15 through 20 make conforming amendments, and
section 21 repeals obsolete provisions regarding the consolidation of IT
functions to the office, the transfer of employees and officers to the
office, the creation of a work eligibility verification portal, the creation
and implementation of the Colorado financial reporting system, and a
reporting requirement on the transfer of IT infrastructure ownership.
Section 21 also repeals provisions regarding the statewide
communications and information infrastructure that are incorporated into
other provisions of law.

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Bill: HB21-1237
Title: Competitive Pharmacy Benefits Manager Marketplace
Bill Subject- State Government
DescriptionConcerning the creation of a competitive pharmacy benefits manager marketplace.
StatusGovernor Signed (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Moreno (D)
B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House:
S. Lontine (D)
J. Rich (R)
Summary

The department of personnel (department) is required to contract
for the services of a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) for group benefit
plans provided pursuant to the State Employees Group Benefits Act
(state employee group benefits plans) and to procure a technology
platform with the required capabilities for conducting a PBM reverse
auction and the related services of a technology platform operator.

The department is required to repurpose the technology platform
used to conduct the reverse auction over the duration of the PBM services
contract to perform reviews of all invoiced PBM prescription drug claims,
and to identify all deviations from the specific terms of the PBM services
contract. The department is required to reconcile the electronically
adjudicated pharmacy claims with PBM invoices to ensure that state
payments do not exceed the terms specified in any PBM services contract.
Each PBM reverse auction is required to be completed and the
PBM services contract awarded to the winning PBM within a specified
timeline.
The department may perform a market check for providing PBM
services during the term of the current PBM services contract to ensure
continuing competitiveness of incumbent prescription drug pricing over
the life of a PBM services contract.
To ensure that the department does not incur additional
expenditures associated with the requirements of the bill, the department
is required to implement a no-pay option that obligates the winning PBM
to pay the cost of the technology platform and related technology
platform operator services by assessing a per-prescription fee and
requiring the PBM to pay these fees to the technology operator over the
duration of the PBM services contract.
The bill allows other health plans to use the processes and
procedures established in the bill individually, collectively, or as a joint
purchasing group with the state employee group benefits plans.
After completion of the first state employees group benefits plans
PBM reverse auction, self-funded private sector employer or
multi-employer health plans have the option to participate in a joint
purchasing pool with state employees for conduct of subsequent PBM
reverse auctions.
The state employees group benefits plans and any self-funded
public or private sector health plans that opt to participate with the state
employees group benefits plans in a joint PBM reverse auction
purchasing pool shall retain full autonomy over determination of their
respective prescription drug formularies and pharmacy benefit designs
and shall not be required to adopt a common prescription drug formulary
or common prescription pharmacy benefit design.
Any PBM providing services to the department or a self-funded
public or private sector employee health plan is required to provide the
department and the plan access to complete pharmacy claims data
necessary to conduct the reverse auction and carry out their administrative
and management duties.

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Bill: HB21-1238
Title: Public Utilities Commission Modernize Gas Utility Demand-side Management Standards
Bill Subject- Energy
- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning the modernization of gas energy efficiency programs.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
C. Hansen (D)
House:
T. Bernett (D)
Summary

The bill updates the methods used to determine the
cost-effectiveness of demand-side management (DSM) programs of
public utilities selling natural gas at retail, including requiring that the
calculation of future benefits reflects the avoided costs to ratepayers
resulting from reduced consumption of natural gas. The bill specifies that
the calculation must be based on reliable estimates and published

scientific data and must include methane emissions. In addition, the bill
adds savings targets and budget control mechanisms to the approval
process for gas DSM programs, paralleling the existing process that
applies to electric DSM programs.

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Bill: HB21-1239
Title: Protections In Consumer Sales Transactions
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning adding protections for consumers who purchase certain items, and, in connection therewith, establishing requirements regarding the execution and enforcement of dating service contracts and automatic renewal contracts.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/11/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
C. Kipp (D)
A. Boesenecker (D)
Summary

Each contract for a dating, matrimonial, or personal referral
service (social referral service) must provide that the buyer may cancel
the contract by providing written notice to the seller within 3 business
days after the date upon which the buyer receives a copy of the written
contract or the date upon which the social referral service is made
available to the buyer, whichever is later.

A seller of a social referral service must disclose to buyers certain
information regarding the buyers' right to cancel the service. A seller that
receives a timely notice of cancellation from a buyer must refund to the
buyer all money paid by the buyer pursuant to the contract within 10
business days after receiving the notice of cancellation.
A person that makes an automatic renewal offer to a consumer in
this state must:
  • Present the terms in a clear and conspicuous manner;
  • Obtain the consumer's affirmative consent to the agreement
before charging the consumer;
  • Provide the consumer a written acknowledgment that
includes the offer terms, the cancellation policy, and
information regarding how to cancel; and
  • Provide a simple, cost-effective, timely, and easy-to-use
mechanism for canceling the agreement.
A person that sells a good or service to a consumer pursuant to a
contract with an initial term of 12 months, which contract will
automatically renew for any additional term, must notify the consumer of
the automatic renewal at least 30 days and no more than 60 days before
the cancellation deadline for the first automatic renewal and each
subsequent automatic renewal.
A person that sells a consumer a contract with a trial period offer,
which contract will renew at the end of a trial period offer, shall:
  • Notify the consumer of the automatic renewal at least 15
and no more than 30 days before the expiration of the trial
period offer; and
  • Obtain the consumer's affirmative consent to the automatic
renewal before charging the consumer for the automatic
renewal.
The bill exempts certain persons from the new provisions
concerning automatic renewal offers.

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Bill: HB21-1241
Title: Employee-owned Business Loan Program Modifications
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
DescriptionConcerning modifications to the employee ownership loan program.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Priola (R)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
L. Daugherty (D)
M. Lynch (R)
Summary

The bill modifies requirements for an existing loan program
(program) created to assist transitions of businesses to employee-owned
businesses. The bill repeals statutory eligibility requirements and requires
the office of economic development (office) to establish eligibility criteria
for the program. The criteria must include an annual gross revenues
limitation for participation in the program for businesses, which amount

may be set at up to or less than $50 million and establish requirements for
the number of employees who will be offered the option to participate in
the employee-ownership opportunity.
The bill also amends the requirements for the loans. It allows a
loan to be used toward the purchase of the business by the employees.
The bills repeals requirements related to the size of the loans and how the
loans must be held and requires the office to establish requirements for
the terms of the loans pursuant to existing statutory requirements.
Under the current statute, the program is repealed effective July 1,
2022. The bill extends the program through July 1, 2025.

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Bill: HB21-1242
Title: Create Agricultural Drought And Climate Resilience Office
Bill Subject- Agriculture
DescriptionConcerning the creation of an agricultural drought and climate resilience office in the department of agriculture, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Donovan (D)
House:
B. McLachlan (D)
Summary

Section 1 of the bill creates in the department of agriculture the
agricultural drought and climate resilience office (office). The office may
provide voluntary technical assistance, nonregulatory programs, and
incentives that increase the ability to anticipate, prepare for, mitigate,
adapt to, and respond to hazardous events, trends, or disturbances related

to drought or the climate. The office may accept gifts, grants, and
donations for these purposes. On July 1, 2021, the state treasurer shall
transfer all unobligated money in the agriculture value-added cash fund
to the newly created agriculture drought and climate resiliency cash fund.
The commissioner of agriculture shall appoint the head of the office and
may promulgate rules necessary for the administration of the office's
assistance, programs, and incentives.
Section 2 annually transfers $500,000 from tier 2 of the severance
tax operational fund to the new cash fund until July 1, 2029.

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Bill: HB21-1243
Title: Wolf Reintroduction Funding With No License Fees
Bill Subject- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning the establishment of funding for the program to reintroduce and manage gray wolves in the state from sources other than hunting and fishing license fees.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Rankin (R)
K. Donovan (D)
House:
D. Valdez (D)
P. Will (R)
Summary

At the 2020 general election, the voters approved proposition 114,
which requires the reintroduction and management of gray wolves. To
fund the program implementation and administration, the bill requires the
general assembly to appropriate money to the division of parks and
wildlife (division) or otherwise authorize the division's expenditure of

money from one or more of the following funds:
  • The general fund;
  • The species conservation trust fund;
  • The Colorado nongame conservation and wildlife
restoration cash fund; or
  • The wildlife cash fund; except that any money within the
wildlife cash fund that is generated from the sale of hunting
and fishing licenses or from associated federal grants is not
available for appropriation.
The division is also authorized to solicit, accept, and expend any
grants, gifts, sponsorships, contributions, donations, and bequests,
including federal funds, for the program.

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Bill: HB21-1245
Title: On-track Equipment Railroad Crossings
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning the inclusion of on-track equipment in certain safety provisions that regulate railroad crossings.
StatusGovernor Signed (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Ginal (D)
D. Hisey (R)
House:
T. Sullivan (D)
Summary

Several provisions in current law require a driver or operator of
certain types of motor vehicles or equipment to, in certain circumstances,
stop at a railroad crossing at a safe place, look for trains at the crossing,
proceed safely through the crossing, not block the train's crossing, and
obey signals. The bill amends these safety provisions to apply to, in
addition to trains, equipment that operates on railroad tracks.

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Bill: HB21-1247
Title: Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment Contract Pay To Grantees Up Front
Bill Subject- Public Health
DescriptionConcerning allowing the department of public health and environment to award a percentage of the total value of an annual contract to a grantee of a grant program of the department upon the execution or renewal of the annual contract.
StatusGovernor Signed (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Danielson (D)
House:
D. Jackson (D)
H. McKean (R)
Summary

The bill allows the department of public health and environment,
in contracting with certain grantees for the provision of services, to

dispense up to 25% of the total value of the payments under the contract
to the grantee immediately upon the execution or renewal of the contract.

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Bill: HB21-1248
Title: Colorado Children's Trust Fund Act
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning updating the provisions of the "Colorado Children's Trust Fund Act", and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (05/24/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
T. Story (D)
D. Hisey (R)
House:
J. Amabile (D)
Summary

The bill updates various provisions of the Colorado Children's
Trust Fund Act, including renaming it the Colorado Child Abuse
Prevention Trust Fund Act (act). Changes include:
  • Expanding the membership of the Colorado child abuse
prevention board (board) from the current 9 members to 17
members;

  • Expanding the powers and duties of the board to include
advising and making recommendations to the governor,
state agencies, and other entities regarding child
maltreatment prevention; developing strategies to decrease
the incidences of child maltreatment and other adverse
childhood experiences; and implementing and monitoring
the ongoing development of local child maltreatment
prevention plans throughout the state; and
  • Extending the repeal of the act from 2022 to 2027.

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Bill: HB21-1249
Title: Repeal Gaming City Audit Requirement
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning the repeal of a requirement that the state auditor conduct audits of the portion of the limited gaming fund that is transferred to the state historical fund for the preservation of certain gaming cities.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/24/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Smallwood (R)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
D. Roberts (D)
Summary

Legislative Audit Committee. The bill repeals a requirement that
the state auditor conduct audits of the portion of the limited gaming fund
that is transferred to the state historical fund for the preservation and

restoration of the cities of Central, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek.

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Bill: HB21-1250
Title: Measures to Address Law Enforcement Accountability
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning measures to address law enforcement accountability, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House:
L. Herod (D)
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Summary

The bill makes changes to the provisions of Senate Bill 20-217,
enacted in 2020, (SB 217) to provide clarity and address issues
discovered since the passage of the bill. SB 217 used the term
exonerated, but never defined it; the bill defines exonerated. The bill
clarifies some of the circumstances when a body-worn camera must be
operating and provisions related to the release of the footage. The bill

requires an officer to comply with the body-worn camera requirements if
the officer is wearing a body camera, even though the requirement for all
officers to wear a body camera does not take effect until July 1, 2023.
SB 217 required law enforcement to report certain information
related to each contact an officer has with a person beginning January 1,
2023. The bill changes the start date of the reporting requirement to
January 1, 2022. The bill expands the definition of contact to include
welfare checks. The bill clarifies and adds to some of the information that
must be reported.
SB 217 required the peace officers standards and training
(P.O.S.T.) board to permanently decertify a peace officer if the officer
failed to intervene and serious bodily injury or death occurred. The bill
changes the penalty to a suspension of the officer's certification for one
year.
Under current law, there is a civil action that permits suit against
employers of local law enforcement officers for misconduct. The bill
permits the Colorado state patrol to also be sued via that civil action. The
bill also requires the employer to conduct an investigation of an officer
prior to determining if the officer acted in good faith.
If a person believes that a law enforcement agency has violated the
investigation requirement, the person must submit a complaint to the
P.O.S.T. board, which shall refer the complaint to an administrative law
judge to determine whether a violation occurred. The administrative law
judge shall notify the P.O.S.T. board chair of a finding that a violation
occurred. If a violation is found, the P.O.S.T. board shall not provide
P.O.S.T. cash fund money to the employer for one full year from the date
of the finding.
The bill requires a peace officer to use de-escalation techniques
prior to the use of physical force and requires the use of physical force to
be objectively reasonable.
The bill requires that prior to hiring a new employee, appointing
a new employee, or transferring an existing employee to a position
requiring P.O.S.T. certification, a law enforcement agency shall
determine if the person has a record contained in the P.O.S.T. misconduct
database. If the person is listed in the database and the law enforcement
agency proceeds to employ the person in a position requiring P.O.S.T.
certification, the agency shall notify the P.O.S.T. board of the hire,
appointment, or transfer.
The bill clarifies and adds to some of the information required to
be included in the P.O.S.T. board database related to peace officer
misconduct.

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Bill: HB21-1251
Title: Appropriate Use Of Chemical Restraints On A Person
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning the appropriate use of ketamine upon a person in a prehospital setting, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass (06/04/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
L. Herod (D)
Y. Caraveo (D)
Summary

The bill requires an agency that uses a chemical restraint to ensure
that a person administering ketamine, haloperidol, or any other
medication that is severely dependent on the weight of an individual or
may result in a severe or adverse reaction with improper dosage in a
nonhospital setting does so when staff trained in the administration of
such medication can monitor the vital signs of the individual and weigh

the individual to ensure accurate dosage.
Absent a justifiable emergency, a person shall not administer a
chemical restraint in a nonhospital setting to subdue, sedate, or
chemically incapacitate an individual for alleged or suspected criminal,
delinquent, or suspicious conduct.
The bill prohibits a peace officer from using, requesting, causing,
directing, or influencing the use of a chemical restraint upon another
person.
The bill prohibits a peace officer from compelling, requesting,
causing, directing, or influencing an emergency medical service provider
(EMS provider) to administer a chemical restraint. An EMS provider
shall confidentially report a peace officer's violation to the P.O.S.T. board
within 10 days of the occurrence, and a peace officer shall not retaliate in
any way against an EMS provider for reporting the incident. A peace
officer shall not influence an EMS provider's medical decision or
diagnosis, and an EMS provider shall not base its medical decision
exclusively on information provided by a peace officer.
When a peace officer directs a person to assist the peace officer,
the person is prohibited from administering a chemical restraint.
The bill requires a peace officer who witnesses another peace
officer use a chemical restraint in pursuance of the peace officer's duties
to report such use to the P.O.S.T. board. The report must be in writing
and made within 10 days of the occurrence of the use of a chemical
restraint. Any peace officer who fails to report use of a chemical restraint
commits a class 1 misdemeanor.
The bill requires a peace officer to intervene, without regard for
chain of command, to prevent or stop another peace officer from using a
chemical restraint in pursuance of the other peace officer's duties. A
peace officer who intervenes shall report the intervention to the peace
officer's immediate supervisor. A member of a law enforcement agency
shall not discipline or retaliate in any way against a peace officer for
intervening. Any peace officer who fails to intervene commits a class 1
misdemeanor, and the officer's certification is subject to revocation.
The bill changes the structure of the emergency medical practice
advisory council (advisory council) by adding an EMS provider certified
or licensed at an advanced life support level, an anesthesiologist, a
registered nurse or physician's assistant certified or licensed at a basic life
support level, a clinical pharmacist, and a clinical psychiatrist. Members
of the advisory council shall not have any conflicts of interest, and no
more than 5 members of the advisory council may be members of, or have
a direct affiliation with, the National Association of EMS Physicians.
The bill requires the advisory council to submit a report to the
general assembly any time the advisory council advises or recommends
authorizing the administration of any chemical restraints.
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Bill: HB21-1253
Title: Renewable And Clean Energy Project Grants
Bill Subject- Energy
- Local Government
- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning a general fund transfer to the local government severance tax fund to fund grants to local governments for renewable and clean energy infrastructure projects, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusGovernor Signed (06/14/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Rankin (R)
F. Winter (D)
House:
M. Froelich (D)
M. Gray (D)
Summary

The bill transfers $5 million from the general fund to the local
government severance tax fund for the purpose of funding grants to local

governments for renewable and clean energy infrastructure
implementation projects. The grants must be made by August 15, 2021,
or as soon as possible thereafter, and the department of local affairs,
which makes the grants, is required to report to the general assembly
regarding the grants during its 2022 annual SMART Act presentation
to legislative committees of reference. $5 million is appropriated from the
local government severance tax fund to the division of local government
of the department of local affairs so that the division can make the grants.

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Bill: HB21-1254
Title: Title And Registration Motor Vehicle Regulation
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning regulation related to the ownership of a vehicle, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/04/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Priola (R)
F. Winter (D)
House:
C. Larson (R)
A. Valdez (D)
Summary

Under current law, the department of revenue may implement a
system for electronic transmission of registration, lien, and titling
information for vehicles or special mobile machinery. This system is
funded by gifts, grants, and donations. Section 1 of the bill creates the
electronic transactions fund and directs the department to transfer any
gifts, grants, or donations it receives to the state treasurer for deposit in

the fund. The contributed money, as well as money from additional fees
authorized under section 2, is to be used to implement the electronic
system.
Current law gives a person who moves to Colorado 90 days to
register their motor vehicle. Section 2 requires a person who registers a
vehicle after moving to Colorado to:
  • Provide documentation of the vehicle's previous
registration that contains the registration dates;
  • Provide evidence of the date that the person became a
Colorado resident unless the previous registration expired
within 90 days before the owner applied to register the
vehicle; and
  • Pay the vehicle's registration taxes and fees that are
prorated from the date the person became a Colorado
resident to the date the person applied to register the
vehicle unless the vehicle is used for interstate commerce
or unless the owner registered the vehicle within 90 days
after becoming a resident.
The effect of these listed changes is that an owner who fails to register the
vehicle within 90 days will be assessed back taxes and fees. The
additional fees collected under section 2 are transferred to the electronic
transactions fund until the fund achieves its purposes. The allocation and
use of the taxes does not change.
Current law exempts people with expired temporary tags from
paying the late fees for failing to register a vehicle. Section 3 repeals this
exemption. Section 3 also imposes prorated registration taxes and fees to
capture missed revenue when a person fails to register a vehicle when
required by law.
Current law limits to 2 the number of temporary plates that may be
issued for a vehicle used to transport persons or property over the road.
The purchaser or owner may get a third plate if necessary for title or lien
documentation. Section 4 requires the purchaser or owner to pay the
vehicle's registration taxes and fees to get the third temporary plate. If the
sale is not consummated, the person who attempted to purchase the
vehicle gets a 12-month credit toward a subsequent registration of another
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Bill: HB21-1255
Title: Protection Order Issued Against Domestic Abuser
Bill Subject- Courts & Judicial
- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning procedures for a domestic abuser upon the issuance of a protection order, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Pettersen (D)
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
House:
M. Gray (D)
M. Duran (D)
Summary

The bill modifies the required procedures relating to a respondent's
firearms or ammunition following the issuance of a protection order.
The bill requires a person to complete an affidavit, which must be
filed in the court record within 7 business days after a protection order is
issued against them, stating the number of firearms, the type of each
firearm, and the location of all firearms in the person's immediate

possession or control. If the person does not possess a firearm at the time
the order is issued, the person shall indicate such nonpossession in the
affidavit.
The bill requires the court to conduct a compliance hearing within
7 business days after the issuance of a protection order if the person has
not completed the affidavit. For criminal cases, the court may consider the
issue in other proceedings before the court and the hearing is considered
a court action involving a bond reduction or modification. Information
compelled or any information directly or indirectly derived from
testimony, the affidavit, or other information shall not be used against the
defendant in any criminal case, except for prosecution of perjury.
The bill excludes legal holidays and weekends from the current
time frame a person has to relinquish a firearm. The bill allows a court to
grant a person an additional 24 hours to relinquish a firearm if the person
is unable to comply with the required time frame of relinquishment.
The bill requires a federally licensed firearms dealer, law
enforcement agency, or private party to issue a signed declaration
memorializing the sale or transfer of the firearm.
The bill allows a law enforcement agency to enter into an
agreement with any other law enforcement agency or storage facility for
the storage of transferred firearms. The bill requires a law enforcement
agency that elects to store a firearm to obtain a search warrant to examine
or test the firearm or facilitate any criminal investigation if the law
enforcement agency has probable cause to believe the firearm has been
used in the commission of a crime, is stolen, or is contraband.
The bill prohibits the person from transferring the firearm to a
private party living in the same residence as the person at the time of
transfer. The bill prohibits a private party from returning a firearm to the
person until the private party receives a written statement of the results of
the background check conducted by the Colorado bureau of investigation
authorizing the return of the firearm to the person.
Current law requires a copy of the written receipt and the written
statement of the criminal background check to be filed with the court as
proof of relinquishment. The bill requires the signed declaration to be
filed with the court instead of the receipt. Both the signed declaration and
written statement are only available for inspection by the court and the
parties to the proceeding.
A federally licensed firearms dealer, law enforcement agency,
storage facility, or private party that elects to store a firearm is not civilly
liable for any resulting damages to the firearm, as long as such damage
did not result from the willful and wrongful act or gross negligence of the
person or agency storing the firearm.

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Bill: HB21-1256
Title: Delivering Health-care Services Through Telemedicine
Bill Subject- Public Health
DescriptionConcerning the promulgation of rules by the department of health care policy and financing as it relates to entities that deliver services predominately through telemedicine.
StatusSent to the Governor (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
F. Winter (D)
C. Simpson (R)
House:
S. Lontine (D)
Summary

Current law states that in-person contact between a health-care
provider or mental health-care provider and a patient is not required under
the state's medicaid program for services delivered through telemedicine

that are otherwise eligible for reimbursement under medicaid. The bill
requires the department of health care policy and financing to promulgate
rules specifically relating to entities that deliver health-care or mental
health-care services exclusively or predominately through telemedicine.

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Bill: HB21-1257
Title: Recognition Of Veterans In Capitol Complex Parks
Bill Subject- Capital Construction
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning the recognition of veterans in relation to certain parks within the state capitol complex, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/09/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
L. Garcia (D)
B. Rankin (R)
House:
A. Garnett (D)
P. Neville (R)
Summary

The bill authorizes the installation of a sculpture within the state
capitol grounds to memorialize Major General Maurice Rose and changes
the name of the parks where the sculpture will stand to Colorado
veterans' park.

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Bill: HB21-1258
Title: Rapid Mental Health Response For Colorado Youth
Bill Subject- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning establishing a temporary program to facilitate youth mental health services in response to identified needs, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/11/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Buckner (D)
R. Woodward (R)
House:
K. Van Winkle (R)
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Summary

The bill establishes a temporary youth mental health services
program (program) in the office of behavioral health (office) within the
department of human services to facilitate access to mental health

services for youth to respond to identified mental health needs, including
those needs that may have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. The
program reimburses providers for up to 3 mental health sessions with a
youth and may provide additional reimbursement subject to available
money.
As soon as practicable, but no later than May 31, 2021, the
department of human services is required to enter into an agreement with
a vendor to create, or use an existing, website or web-based application
as a portal available to youth and providers to facilitate the program.
The program is repealed, effective June 30, 2022.
The bill makes an appropriation.

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Bill: HB21-1259
Title: Extended Learning Opportunities
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning the process for funding local education providers for extended learning opportunities to address disrupted learning.
StatusGovernor Signed (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Sonnenberg (R)
R. Fields (D)
House:
J. Bacon (D)
Summary

To the extent possible, the department of education (department)
is directed to streamline the application process and other requirements
relating to the award of money to local education providers, including
school districts, charter schools, and other authorized local education
providers, as defined in the bill (local education providers), to implement

one or more extended learning opportunities to address COVID-19
learning impacts. The department is authorized to administer the
programs as part of a single, combined application, reporting, and
evaluation process created by the department.
Extended learning opportunities are defined in the bill to include,
in part, summer school programming, extended school days or extended
school weeks, high-impact tutoring, creative enrichment tied to academic
gains, social-emotional supports, and additional mental health supports
tied to academic success.
The combined application allows a needs-based approach to
identify the programs and services that meet the needs of the eligible local
education provider and allows the department to help match the local
education provider with funding sources. In addition to a combined
application, the department is authorized to streamline
local-education-provider reporting to the department and department
reporting to the general assembly and align reporting deadlines.
The department shall ensure that eligibility requirements,
application provisions, allowable uses of funding, data collection and
reporting, and any other requirements specific to the program or funding
source are met for all programs or services administered pursuant to this
section.
The local education provider shall establish an internal
progress-monitoring system to monitor progress using family- and
community-informed practices to measure extended learning
opportunities program effectiveness through student educational gains.
If required by law and subject to available funding, the department
shall evaluate one or more extended learning opportunities implemented
across local education providers using a common set of evaluation criteria
and metrics.
The state board may adopt any rules necessary for the
implementation of the combined application, reporting, and evaluation
process.
The general assembly may appropriate money to the department
for use by local education providers to implement extended learning
opportunities.

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Bill: HB21-1260
Title: General Fund Transfer Implement State Water Plan
Bill Subject- Water
DescriptionConcerning transfers of money from the general fund to implement the state water plan, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/14/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Donovan (D)
C. Simpson (R)
House:
A. Garnett (D)
M. Catlin (R)
Summary

The bill allocates $20 million from the general fund to the
Colorado water conservation board (CWCB) to be spent to implement the
state water plan as follows:
  • $15 million, which is transferred to the water plan
implementation cash fund for expenditures and grants

administered by the CWCB to implement the state water
plan; and
  • $5 million, which is transferred to the water supply reserve
fund for CWCB to disperse to the basin roundtables.

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Bill: HB21-1261
Title: Extend Beetle Kill Wood Products Sales Tax Exemption
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning the extension of the sales and use tax exemption for beetle kill wood products.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
J. Ginal (D)
J. Bridges (D)
House:
M. Catlin (R)
L. Cutter (D)
Summary

Statutes exempted the sale of wood and wood products from trees
killed by pine and spruce beetles in the state from sales and use tax from
2008 through June 2020. The bill extends the exemption through June
2026.

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Bill: HB21-1262
Title: Money Support Agricultural Events Organization
Bill Subject- Agriculture
- Business & Economic Development
DescriptionConcerning monetary support for agricultural events in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Sonnenberg (R)
L. Garcia (D)
House:
S. Lontine (D)
M. Lynch (R)
Summary

The bill creates a program in the department of agriculture to
provide COVID-19 relief payments to agricultural events organizations
and appropriates $2 million from the general fund for the program. In
addition, the bill appropriates:
  • $3.5 million for the Colorado state fair and industrial

exhibition; and
  • $3.5 million for the national western stock show.

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Bill: HB21-1263
Title: Meeting And Events Incentive Program
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
DescriptionConcerning the creation of the Colorado meeting and events incentive program, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusGovernor Signed (06/14/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Hisey (R)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
D. Roberts (D)
M. Soper (R)
Summary

The bill creates the Colorado meeting and events incentive
program (program) in the Colorado tourism office (office) to provide
rebates and direct support to eligible events and eligible personal events
in Colorado to assist in the state's recovery from the COVID-19
pandemic.

An eligible personal event means a wedding, family reunion, or
other personal event that:
  • Takes place in Colorado between July 1, 2021, and
December 31, 2021;
  • Generates at least 25 paid overnight stays in a motel, hotel,
vacation rental, or other lodging establishment;
  • Can demonstrate a significant economic benefit for the host
community as determined by the office; and
  • Meets any additional criteria established by the office.
An eligible event means an event other than an eligible personal event,
including a meeting, conference, or festival, that:
  • Takes place in Colorado between July 1, 2021, and
December 31, 2022;
  • Generates at least 25 paid overnight stays in a motel, hotel,
vacation rental, or other lodging establishment; and
  • Meets any additional criteria established by the office.
The program may offer rebates of up to 10% of the hard costs of
an eligible event or eligible personal event. A hard cost means an actual
incurred cost associated with hosting the event, as determined by the
office in consultation with industry stakeholders. The program may also
offer rebates of up to 25% for COVID-19-related costs, which are hard
costs that are directly related to complying with public health orders or
other mandates issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as
determined by the office in consultation with industry stakeholders.
The program may provide direct support to attract eligible events
that have the potential to generate significant economic impact and affect
multiple counties. The costs of all such direct support cannot exceed 5%
of the total appropriation for the program.
The office is required to create guidelines for the program. In
doing so, the office must consider mechanisms to:
  • Make rebates and direct support available equitably and
proportionally across the state;
  • Prioritize events with significant economic impacts; and
  • Retain existing events with a demonstrated risk of
cancellation, delay, or relocation in addition to attracting
new events to the state.
The program is repealed, effective July 1, 2024.

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Bill: HB21-1265
Title: Qualified Retailer Retain Sales Tax For Assistance
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning a temporary deduction from state net taxable sales for certain retailers in the state in order to allow such retailers to retain the resulting sales tax collected as assistance for lost revenue as a result of the economic disruptions due to the presence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusGovernor Signed (06/14/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Pettersen (D)
R. Woodward (R)
House:
K. Van Winkle (R)
K. Mullica (D)
Summary

The bill continues for June 2021, July 2021, and August 2021 a

temporary deduction from state net taxable sales for qualifying retailers
in the alcoholic beverages drinking places industry, the restaurant and
other eating places industry, and the mobile food services industry in the
state in order to allow such qualified retailers to retain the resulting sales
tax collected as assistance for lost revenue as a result of the economic
disruptions due to the presence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
in Colorado.
The bill also expands the definition of qualifying retailers to
include those in the catering industry and the food service contractors
industry.

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Bill: HB21-1266
Title: Environmental Justice Disproportionate Impacted Community
Bill Subject- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning efforts to redress the effects of environmental injustice on disproportionately impacted communities, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Buckner (D)
F. Winter (D)
House:
M. Weissman (D)
D. Jackson (D)
Summary

Section 3 of the bill defines disproportionately impacted
community.
Section 4 requires the air quality control commission to promote
outreach to and engage with disproportionately impacted communities by
creating new ways to gather input from communities across the state,
using multiple languages and multiple formats, and transparently sharing

information about adverse effects resulting from its proposed actions.
Section 5 creates the environmental justice action task force (task
force) in the department of public health and environment (department),
the goal of which is to propose recommendations to the general assembly
regarding practical means of addressing environmental justice inequities.
The task force will:
  • Hold meetings to solicit public comment concerning the
development of a state agency-wide environmental justice
strategy and a plan to implement that strategy, including
ways to address data gaps and data sharing between state
agencies and the engagement of disproportionately
impacted communities;
  • Evaluate and propose recommended revisions to the
definition of disproportionately impacted community and
the state agencies and their proposed actions that are
subject to section 3; and
  • File a final report by November 14, 2022, regarding its
recommendations.
The department will report on the task force during the
department's SMART Act presentations.

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Bill: HB21-1267
Title: County Authority To Delegate Mill Levy Certification
Bill Subject- Local Government
DescriptionConcerning a board of county commissioners' optional delegation of the administrative duty to certify mill levies.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/09/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
T. Story (D)
D. Hisey (R)
House:
S. Lontine (D)
C. Larson (R)
Summary

After receipt of the amounts to be levied against taxable property
in the county, the board of county commissioners or other taxing authority
(BOCC) is required to hold a formal hearing and to certify such levies to
the county assessor. The bill gives the BOCC the option to authorize the
levies by written approval rather than by formal hearing and to delegate

the certification process to staff or other authorized parties.

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Bill: HB21-1268
Title: Study Emerging Technologies For Water Management
Bill Subject- Agriculture
- Business & Economic Development
- Higher Education
- Water
DescriptionConcerning a requirement that Colorado institutions of higher education study potential uses of emerging technologies to more effectively manage Colorado's water supply, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation conditioned on the receipt of matching funds from gifts, grants, and donations.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
C. Hansen (D)
C. Simpson (R)
House:
B. Titone (D)
P. Will (R)
Summary

The bill declares that new technologies, such as blockchain,

telemetry, improved sensors, and advanced aerial observation platforms,
can improve monitoring, management, conservation, and trading of water
and enhance confidence in the reliability of data underlying water rights
transactions. To advance the potential use of these new technologies, the
bill:
  • Authorizes and directs the university of Colorado and
Colorado state university, in collaboration with the
Colorado water institute at Colorado state university, to
conduct feasibility studies and pilot deployments of these
new technologies to improve water management in
Colorado; and
  • Appropriates $20,000 to each university from the general
fund, contingent on the universities' receipt of a matching
$40,000 in gifts, grants, and donations, for the purpose of
funding the feasibility studies and pilot deployments.

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Bill: HB21-1269
Title: Public Utilities Commission Study Of Community Choice Energy
Bill Subject- Energy
- Local Government
- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning an investigation by the public utilities commission to evaluate the parameters of an energy policy allowing communities in Colorado that are served by an investor-owned electric utility to choose alternative wholesale electricity suppliers, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Donovan (D)
House:
E. Hooton (D)
C. Kipp (D)
A. Boesenecker (D)
Summary

The bill concerns the concept of community choice energy
(CCE), under which a community, or group of communities, may choose

to purchase their electricity from a wholesale supplier other than the local
investor-owned electric utility. The bill declares that CCE has the
potential to enable communities to meet their renewable energy goals and
to reduce their electricity rates by allowing wholesale competition and
local control over the energy supplier and energy mix without changing
the local utility's current status as sole supplier of electric transmission,
distribution, billing, and customer service functions.
To lay the groundwork for evaluating the potential adoption of
CCE in Colorado, the bill proposes an investigatory proceeding at the
public utilities commission that would invite testimony and
documentation from interested stakeholders, utilities, the public, invited
subject-matter experts, and persons with firsthand knowledge of CCE
operations, including regulators from states in which CCE has been
implemented. The proceeding would address a series of questions and
topics that are specified in the bill, with the goal of better understanding
CCE in the Colorado context and identifying best practices that would
allow CCE to function well in Colorado if adopted. The bill does not
change current statutes and regulations governing the electricity system.
The bill directs the commission to submit a report summarizing the
investigatory proceeding to the legislative committees with jurisdiction
over energy matters by December 15, 2022.

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Bill: HB21-1270
Title: Appropriation To Department Of Human Services For Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program
Bill Subject- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning an appropriation to the department of human services for services related to the Colorado employment first program within the supplemental assistance nutrition program, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House:
T. Exum Sr. (D)
Y. Caraveo (D)
Summary

The bill appropriates money to the department of human services
(department) in order to seek a 50% match from the federal government

for the Colorado employment first program within the supplemental
assistance nutrition program. The bill requires the department to direct
county departments and any third-party partners to prioritize any state or
federal money received to fund employment support and job retention
services and to support work-based learning opportunities for Colorado
employment first participants. Any remaining money may be used to
initiate and enhance current and additional state- or county-initiated
third-party partnerships.

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Bill: HB21-1271
Title: Department Of Local Affairs Innovative Affordable Housing Strategies
Bill Subject- Local Government
DescriptionConcerning the establishment of programs offering state assistance to local governments to promote the development of innovative affordable housing strategies in a manner that is compatible with best local land use practices, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
J. McCluskie (D)
I. Jodeh (D)
Summary

The bill creates 3 different programs in the department of local

affairs (DOLA) for the purpose of offering grant money and other forms
of state assistance to local governments to promote innovative solutions
to the development of affordable housing across the state.
Local government affordable housing development incentives
grant program (housing development incentives grant program). This
program will provide grants to local governments that adopt not less than
3 policy and regulatory tools from among a menu of options that create
incentives to promote the development of affordable housing. A local
government that adopts such tools is eligible for a grant from the housing
development incentives grant program as an incentive to develop one or
more affordable housing developments in their community that are
liveable, vibrant, and driven by community benefits. The division of local
government (DLG) within DOLA administers the housing development
incentives grant program.
The bill enumerates items included in the menu of policy and
regulatory tools.
Local government planning grant program. This program will
provide grants to local governments that lack one or more of the policy
and regulatory tools that provide incentives to promote the development
of affordable housing that forms the basis for a grant under the housing
development incentives grant program and that could benefit from
additional funding to be able to create and make use of these policy and
regulatory tools. Money under the planning grant program will be
available to a local government to enable the government to retain a
consultant or a related professional service to assess the housing needs of
its community or to make changes to its policies, programs, development
review processes, land use codes, and related rules to become an eligible
recipient of a grant under the housing development incentives grant
program. The planning grant program will be administered by the DLG.
As part of its administration of the planning grant program, the DLG will
provide assistance to local governments on best land use practices and
tools and is required to update and publish model county and municipal
land use codes for the benefit of local governments across the state.
The affordable housing guided toolkit and local officials guide
program (housing toolkit program). This program creates the housing
toolkit program within the division of housing (DOH) within DOLA. The
purpose of the housing toolkit program is to award funding to qualified
counties and municipalities selected in a competitive process who commit
to the adoption of best land use practices with demonstrated success in the
development of affordable housing. Under the housing toolkit program,
technical assistance will be provided by consultants and related
professionals to local governments who demonstrate an understanding of
the housing needs of their communities, take steps to engage their entire
communities in this process, make changes to their land use codes and
related processes that provide incentives and reduce barriers to the
development of affordable housing, obtain and support viable sites in
their communities for the development of affordable housing, and attract
developers committed to making such investments in their communities.
The DOH is to administer the housing toolkit program.
In evaluating applications for grants from the housing development
incentives grant program, the bill requires the DLG to prioritize proposals
submitted by local governments based on factors specified in the bill.
On or before September 1, 2021, the bill requires the executive
director of DOLA or the executive director's designee to adopt policies,
procedures, and guidelines for the 3 different state assistance programs
that include, without limitation:
  • Procedures and timelines by which an eligible recipient
may apply for a grant;
  • Criteria for determining the amount of grant awards;
  • Performance criteria for grant recipients' projects; and
  • Reporting requirements for grant recipients.
On the effective date of the bill, or as soon as practicable
thereafter, the state treasurer is required to transfer $9,300,000 from the
general fund to the Colorado heritage communities fund for the creation,
implementation, and administration by the DLG of the housing
development incentives grant programs.
On the effective date of the bill, or as soon as practicable
thereafter, the state treasurer is required to transfer $2,100,000 from the
general fund to the Colorado heritage communities fund for the creation,
implementation, and administration by the DLG of the planning grant
program.
On the effective date of the bill, or as soon as practicable
thereafter, the state treasurer is required to transfer $1,600,000 from the
general fund to the housing development grant fund for the creation,
implementation, and administration by the DOH of the housing toolkit
program.
All costs incurred in administering any of the 3 programs created
under the bill must be paid out of the money transferred under the bill. All
money transferred under the bill for the 3 state programs must be
expended over the subsequent 3 state fiscal years.
On or before November 1 of each year, the executive director of
DOLA or the director's designee is required to publish a report
summarizing the use of all assistance that was awarded from the 3
different programs created under the bill in the preceding fiscal year. The
bill specifies additional required contents of the reports. The reports must
be shared with the general assembly and posted on DOLA's website.
The bill updates and repeals obsolete statutory provisions
concerning the office of smart growth (OSG) within DOLA and the
Colorado heritage communities fund.
The bill authorizes the OSG, as money becomes available, to
provide grants or other forms of assistance to counties and municipalities
to address critical planning issues and specifies examples of the forms of
assistance that may be provided by the office. The OSG is required to
create guidelines to specify the activities on the part of local governments
that will qualify for grant funding or other forms of assistance provided
under the bill. The OSG is permitted to use available money to administer
the Colorado heritage grant program.

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Bill: HB21-1272
Title: Supporting The Child Protection Ombudsman
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
Descriptionconcerning child protections.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (05/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Danielson (D)
House:
L. Cutter (D)
M. Bradfield (R)
Summary

The bill exempts an employee or person acting on behalf of the
office of the child protection ombudsman (ombudsman) from testifying
in a civil or criminal proceeding in which the ombudsman is not a legal
party. The bill prohibits information, documents, and reports requested
and reviewed by the ombudsman from being subpoenaed in a civil or

criminal proceeding in which the ombudsman is not a legal party.
The bill authorizes the ombudsman to receive information, records,
or documents related to a critical incident, incident of egregious abuse or
neglect, near fatality, or fatality of a child during the course of an
investigation of a complaint. The department of public health and
environment's child fatality prevention review team shall provide the
ombudsman the nonidentifying case review findings and
recommendations related to an investigation of a complaint. The
department of human services' child fatality review team shall provide the
ombudsman the final confidential, case-specific review report related to
an investigation of a complaint. The bill also requires the department of
human services' division of youth services to provide the ombudsman
information, records, and documents related to a critical incident. If
electronic copies are not available, the ombudsman shall access, review,
and receive copies of documents without cost to the ombudsman.

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Bill: HB21-1273
Title: Colorado Department Of Education Report Concerning School Psychologists
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning requiring the department of education to prepare an annual report relating to the total number of school psychologists licensed and employed by a school district, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (05/27/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
C. Kolker (D)
House:
L. Cutter (D)
Summary

The bill requires the department of education (department) to
prepare an annual report on the number of pupils enrolled in public
schools in the state, and the total number of licensed school psychologists

in the state and employed by a school district, a board of cooperative
services, or the state charter school institute who are reported as full-time
equivalent employees. The report must state the number of pupils and
licensed and employed school psychologists in total for the state and
disaggregated by school district, board of cooperative services, and the
state charter school institute.
The bill requires the department to make the report publicly
available on its website no later than 30 days after its completion.

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Bill: HB21-1274
Title: Unused State-owned Real Property Beneficial Use
Bill Subject- Capital Construction
- Housing
- Natural Resources & Environment
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning the beneficial use of unused state-owned real property, and, in connection therewith, directing the department of personnel to inventory such property and use such property to promote affordable housing, child care, public schools, residential mental and behavioral health care, and renewable energy development.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/11/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Zenzinger (D)
D. Hisey (R)
House:
B. Titone (D)
Summary

The bill requires the department of personnel (department) to
create and maintain an inventory of unused state-owned real property and

to determine whether the unused state-owned real property identified is
suitable for construction of affordable housing or placement of renewable
energy facilities, or if such property is suitable for other purposes.
The department is authorized to seek proposals from qualified
developers to construct affordable housing or to place renewable energy
facilities on unused state-owned real property that the department has
deemed suitable.
The department is authorized to enter into contracts with qualified
developers for proposals to construct affordable housing or to place
renewable energy facilities on unused state-owned real property that the
department has deemed suitable, subject to available appropriations.
The bill creates the unused state-owned real property cash fund to
which the state treasurer is required to credit all proceeds from the sale,
rent, or lease of unused state-owned real property.

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Bill: HB21-1275
Title: Medicaid Reimbursement For Services By Pharmacists
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Professions & Occupations
DescriptionConcerning reimbursement for pharmacists' services under the medical assistance act, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/04/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Ginal (D)
B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House:
S. Lontine (D)
P. Will (R)
Summary

The bill requires that a pharmacist receive reimbursement under
the medical assistance program for providing services authorized in
statute, which reimbursement must be equivalent to the reimbursement
provided to a physician or advanced practice nurse for the same services
rendered, including services delivered by a pharmacist through
telemedicine. The department of health care policy and financing is

directed to seek any federal authorization necessary to receive federal
matching money for the reimbursements.
Further, the bill allows a pharmacist or pharmacy with authority to
administer extended-release injectable medications for the treatment of
mental health or substance use disorders to seek reimbursement for those
medications under the medical assistance program as either a pharmacy
benefit or as a medical benefit.

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Bill: HB21-1276
Title: Prevention Of Substance Use Disorders
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
DescriptionConcerning the prevention of substance use disorders, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Priola (R)
B. Pettersen (D)
House:
C. Kennedy (D)
L. Herod (D)
Summary

Section 2 of the bill requires a health benefit plan issued or
renewed on or after January 1, 2023, to provide coverage for
nonpharmacological treatment as an alternative to opioids. The required
coverage must include, at a cost-sharing amount not to exceed the
cost-sharing amount for a primary care visit for nonpreventive services
and without a prior authorization requirement, at least 6 physical therapy
visits, 6 occupational therapy visits, 6 chiropractic visits, and 6
acupuncture visits per year.

Section 3 requires an insurance carrier (carrier) that provides
prescription drug benefits to provide coverage, beginning January 1,
2023, for at least one atypical opioid that is approved by the federal food
and drug administration (FDA) for the treatment of acute or chronic pain,
which coverage must be at the lowest cost-sharing tier of the carrier's
formulary with no requirement for step therapy or prior authorization.
Additionally, a carrier cannot require step therapy for any additional
FDA-approved atypical opioids.
Section 4 precludes a carrier that has a contract with a physical
therapist, occupational therapist, chiropractor, or acupuncturist from:
  • Prohibiting the physical therapist, occupational therapist,
chiropractor, or acupuncturist from, or penalizing the
physical therapist, occupational therapist, chiropractor, or
acupuncturist for, providing a covered person information
on the amount of the covered person's financial
responsibility for the covered person's physical therapy,
occupational therapy, chiropractic services, or acupuncture
services; or
  • Requiring the physical therapist, occupational therapist,
chiropractor, or acupuncturist to charge a covered person
an amount or collect a copayment from a covered person
that exceeds the total charges submitted to the carrier by
the physical therapist, occupational therapist, chiropractor,
or acupuncturist.
The commissioner is required to take action against a carrier that the
commissioner determines is not complying with these prohibitions.
Current law limits specified prescribers from prescribing more
than a 7-day supply of an opioid to a patient who has not obtained an
opioid prescription from that prescriber within the previous 12 months
unless certain conditions apply. This prescribing limitation is set to repeal
on September 1, 2021. Sections 5 through 13 continue the prescribing
limitation indefinitely.
Section 5 also requires the executive director of the department of
regulatory agencies to promulgate rules that limit the supply of a
benzodiazepine, which is a sedative commonly prescribed for anxiety and
as a sleep aid, that a prescriber may prescribe to a patient who has not had
a prescription for a benzodiazepine in the last 12 months.
Section 14 requires a licensed physician and licensed physician
assistant to demonstrate compliance with continuing medical education
concerning prescribing practices for opioids as a condition of license
renewal.
Section 15 requires the Colorado medical board (board) to consult
with the center for research into substance use disorder prevention,
treatment, and recovery support strategies (center) to promulgate rules
establishing competency-based continuing education requirements for
physicians and physician assistants concerning prescribing practices for
opioids.
Section 16 continues indefinitely the requirement that a
health-care provider query the prescription drug monitoring program
(program) before prescribing an opioid, including a benzodiazepine, and
changes current law to require the query on every prescription fill, not just
the second fill.
In addition to current law allowing medical examiners and
coroners to query the program when conducting an autopsy, section 16
allows medical examiners and coroners to query the program when
conducting a death investigation.
Section 16 also authorizes the board to provide a means of sharing
prescription information from the program with the health information
organization network in order to work collaboratively with statewide
health information exchanges designated by the department of health care
policy and financing.
Section 17 requires the center to include in its continuing
education activities the best practices for prescribing benzodiazepines and
the potential harm of inappropriately limiting prescriptions to chronic
pain patients and makes an appropriation for this purpose.
Section 18 directs the office of behavioral health in the department
of human services to convene a collaborative with institutions of higher
education, nonprofit agencies, and state agencies for the purpose of
gathering feedback from local public health agencies, institutions of
higher education, nonprofit agencies, and state agencies concerning
evidence-based prevention practices.

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Bill: HB21-1277
Title: Eligible Recipients For Final Disposition Expenses
Bill Subject- Human Services
DescriptionConcerning definitions for reimbursement of final disposition expenses of eligible assistance recipients.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/09/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
L. Liston (R)
B. Pettersen (D)
House:
D. Valdez (D)
P. Will (R)
Summary

Current law does not include the definitions public assistance
and medical assistance relating to death reimbursements for funeral,
cremation, and burial expenses for deceased public assistance or medical
assistance recipients. The bill adds the definitions public assistance and
medical assistance to clarify who qualifies as a public assistance or
medical assistance recipient. Current law authorizes death

reimbursements for a person who has applied or was eligible for public
benefits. The bill requires the person to be receiving the public benefits.

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Bill: HB21-1278
Title: Special District Meeting Requirements
Bill Subject- Local Government
DescriptionConcerning meeting requirements for the boards of special districts.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Sonnenberg (R)
House:
T. Exum Sr. (D)
Summary

The bill clarifies what qualifies as a meeting and a location for
purposes of the meeting of a board of a special district. The bill also
prohibits a challenge to the method of conducting any special district
board meeting that was held virtually before the effective date of the bill.

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Bill: HB21-1279
Title: Occupational Therapy Interstate Compact
Bill Subject- Professions & Occupations
DescriptionConcerning the regulation of practitioners of occupational therapy, and, in connection therewith, enacting Colorado's membership in an interstate compact concerning the limited interstate practice of occupational therapy and providing for the issuance of provisional licenses to certain qualified individuals.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/02/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
House:
M. Young (D)
R. Holtorf (R)
Summary

The bill enacts the Occupational Therapy Licensure Interstate

Compact (compact), allowing occupational therapists and occupational
therapy assistants who are licensed in any state that is a member of the
compact to provide occupational therapy services in other member states.
The director of the division of professions and occupations in the
department of regulatory agencies is authorized to issue provisional
occupational therapy licenses and provisional occupational therapy
assistant licenses to certain qualified individuals and to implement the
compact.

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Bill: HB21-1280
Title: Pre-trial Detention Reform
Bill Subject- Courts & Judicial
- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning measures to assist defendants in securing release from jail through the bonding process, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/04/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lee (D)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
S. Woodrow (D)
Summary

The bill requires a court to hold a bond setting hearing within 48
hours after an arrestee's arrival at a jail or holding center beginning on
April 1, 2022.
Under current law, a person is allowed to post bond within 2 hours
after the sheriff receives the bond information. The bill repeals that
requirement. The bill states a bond may be paid at a minimum by cash,

money order, or cashier's check, and a judge, judicial officer, or bond
hearing officer shall not require a monetary bond be paid in the
defendant's name. The bill requires that a defendant who posts bond be
released from custody within 6 hours after bond is set. If the custodian
fails to release the defendant within 6 hours after the bond has been set,
the custodian shall inform the defendant and any person posting bond on
behalf of the defendant the reason for the delay and shall document the
reason for delay in the defendant's file. The bill requires that after a bond
has been paid, the defendant and surety, if any, receive a copy of the bond
paperwork, a notice of rights related to bonding, and information
regarding the defendant's next court date. The bill requires each
jurisdiction to establish a way to pay bond online by January 1, 2022. The
bill states that a bond is posted when the surety or defendant pays the
bond as evidenced by the time stamp on the bond or bond receipt.
Each sheriff shall post a notice of rights related to bonding on the
sheriff's website, including information about how to file a complaint for
violations. The sheriff shall include the notice in the inmate handbook
and must provide the notice free of charge to anyone requesting a copy.
The sheriff shall post a notice that contains the bonding information in the
common area of the jail in a location clearly visible to the inmates and
clearly visible in the public portion of the jail where a person posts bond.
By October 1, 2021, each sheriff shall:
  • Create written policies to comply with statutory bonding
requirements;
  • Review and update the sheriff's website, signage,
paperwork, and forms related to bonding to reflect current
law; and
  • File a certificate of compliance with the statutory bonding
provisions with the division of criminal justice in the
department of public safety.
In the case of multiple documented failures to comply with the
statutory bonding provisions, the state or any agency of the state may
deny any funding request of the sheriff.
The bill creates the position of a bond hearing officer to conduct
bond hearings on weekends and holidays throughout the state using
audiovisual technology. The bond hearing officer conducts bond hearings
throughout the state in the counties that request the service of the bond
hearing officer. The public will be able to view the hearings. For each
case heard by the bonding hearing officer, the arresting jurisdiction shall
electronically transmit the arrest report, pretrial services information, and
all other relevant information to the bonding hearing officer prior to the
hearing.

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Bill: HB21-1281
Title: Community Behavioral Health Disaster Program
Bill Subject- Public Health
DescriptionConcerning the creation of the community behavioral health disaster preparedness and response program in the department of public health and environment to ensure behavioral health is adequately represented within disaster preparedness and response efforts across the state, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Pettersen (D)
House:
L. Cutter (D)
P. Will (R)
Summary

The bill requires the department of public health and environment

(department) to implement the community behavioral health disaster
preparedness and response program (program) using existing initiatives
and activities to ensure that behavioral health is adequately represented
within disaster preparedness and response efforts across the state. The
program is intended to enhance, support, and formalize behavioral health
disaster preparedness and response activities conducted by community
behavioral health organizations.
The bill requires the department to promulgate rules as necessary
for the oversight and management of the program; work collaboratively
with community behavioral heath organizations; create, define, and
publish eligibility criteria for community behavioral health organizations
to participate in the program; and provide funding to community
behavioral health organizations on an annual or as-needed basis for the
activities the organizations conduct.

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Bill: HB21-1283
Title: Vehicle Towing Consumer Protection
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning measures to address consumer protection concerns regarding vehicle towing, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
House:
E. Hooton (D)
N. Ricks (D)
Summary

The bill requires the department of regulatory agencies
(department) to conduct a sunset review of the public utilities
commission's (commission) regulation of towing carriers in 2023 and
moves up the department's sunset review of the towing task force (task
force) from 2024 to 2023. As part of its sunset review of the
commission's regulation of towing carriers, the department is required to

review complaints against towing carriers; whether the towing industry
and consumers would benefit from dispute resolution of complaints; the
reasonableness of rates for recovery, towing, and storage fees; and the
reasonableness of towing contracts that towing companies enter into with
property owners.
The composition of the task force is changed to replace a member
who represents towing carriers but is not a representative of a towing
association with a member who represents mobile home owners and to
replace a member who represents an association of motor carriers with a
member who represents common interest community unit owners. The
bill adds 2 members to the task force to represent communities that might
be disproportionately affected by nonconsensual towing, such as
communities of color, immigrant communities, elderly communities, and
rural communities.

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Bill: HB21-1284
Title: Limit Fee Install Active Solar Energy System
Bill Subject- Energy
DescriptionConcerning modifications to the limitation on the aggregate amount of fees that may be assessed by governmental bodies for the installation of active solar energy systems, and, in connection therewith, extending the repeal date of the limitation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/11/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Priola (R)
C. Hansen (D)
House:
K. Van Winkle (R)
A. Valdez (D)
Summary

Current law imposes a limitation on the permit, application review,
or any other related or associated fees that may be assessed by counties,

municipalities, state agencies, and political subdivisions of the state for
the installation of an active solar electric or solar thermal device or
system. The bill modifies this language so that the limitation applies to
the aggregate of all charges or other related or associated fees the state,
a county, municipality, state agency, or any other political subdivision of
the state (governmental bodies) shall impose or assess for the installation
of an active solar energy system.
The bill sets a limit on the aggregate of all charges or other related
or associated fees any governmental body may impose or assess to install
an active solar energy system of $500 for a residential permit and $1,000
for a commercial permit. In the case of a nonresidential application, on an
individual installation basis only, if the governmental body incurs actual
costs for issuing the permit that are greater than $1,000, the governmental
body is entitled to recovery of its actual costs for issuing the permit by
submitting in writing and disclosing to the applicant for the particular
permit proof of the governmental body's actual costs.
In connection with existing statutory requirements affecting state
agencies and political subdivisions, the bill clarifies that the duty to
clearly and individually identify all fees and taxes assessed on an
application on the invoice lies with the state or any agency, institution,
authority, or political subdivision of the state.
Under existing law, one component of determining the lawful fee
for issuing a permit or reviewing an application requires a comparison of
the lesser of the actual costs of providing such services or $500 for a
residential application. The bill restricts a governmental body from
increasing its fees or other charges by more than 5% on an annual basis
until the $500 limitation is achieved.
The bill also extends the repeal date of the existing fee limitation.

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Bill: HB21-1285
Title: Funding To Support Creative Arts Industries
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
DescriptionConcerning the allocation of general fund money to provide support to creative arts industries, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusGovernor Signed (06/14/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Buckner (D)
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
House:
L. Herod (D)
A. Benavidez (D)
Summary

The bill:
  • Transfers $5 million from the general fund to the Colorado
office of film, television, and media operational account
cash fund and appropriates that amount to the governor's
office for use in the 2021-22 state fiscal year by the

Colorado office of film, television, and media in awarding
performance-based incentives for film production in
Colorado and for the loan guarantee program to finance
production activities;
  • For the 2020-21 state fiscal year, appropriates $3.5 million,
in addition to the amount appropriated pursuant to Senate
Bill 20B-001, from the general fund to the creative
industries cash fund for the arts relief program and removes
the prohibition against an applicant that received a relief
payment from the small business relief program from also
receiving a relief payment under the arts relief program;
  • For the 2020-21 state fiscal year, appropriates $1.5 million
from the general fund to the creative industries cash fund
for allocation by the creative industries division to a
nonprofit organization that administers grants to certain
cultural facilities that focus on programming for and have
board representation from defined historically marginalized
and under-resourced communities; and
  • Transfers any money appropriated for the small business
relief program that is not encumbered or expended by June
30, 2021, to the creative industries cash fund for the arts
relief program.

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Bill: HB21-1286
Title: Energy Performance For Buildings
Bill Subject- Energy
- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning measures to improve energy efficiency, and, in connection therewith, requiring owners of large buildings to collect and report on energy-use benchmarking data and comply with rules regarding performance standards related to energy and greenhouse gas emissions and modifying statutory requirements regarding energy performance contracts.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Priola (R)
B. Pettersen (D)
House:
A. Valdez (D)
C. Kipp (D)
Summary


Section 1 of the bill requires owners of certain large buildings
(covered buildings), on an annual basis, to collect and report to the
Colorado energy office (office) the covered building's energy use. The
bill establishes a process requiring certain electric and gas utilities to
provide energy-use data to a covered building owner when requested by
the covered building owner.
Section 1 also requires that, on or before June 1, 2027, a covered
building owner demonstrate that, in 2026, the covered building met
performance standards set forth in the bill. A covered building owner
must demonstrate compliance with the performance standards every 5
years after June 1, 2027. The air quality control commission
(commission) is required to adopt rules in 2026 or 2027 that extend or
modify the performance standards. Thereafter, the commission may, as
the commission deems necessary, modify the performance standards by
rule.
Section 2 requires the office to assist covered building owners
with the reporting requirements set forth in section 1 by:
  • Creating a database of covered buildings and owners
required to comply with section 1;
  • Developing publicly available, digitally interactive maps
and lists showing the energy-use and performance-standard
data reported;
  • Coordinating with any local government that implements
its own energy benchmarking requirements or energy
performance program, including coordination of reporting
requirements; and
  • Collecting an annual fee from owners of covered buildings
of $100 per covered building. The office is required to
transfer the fees collected to the state treasurer, who will
credit the fees to the climate change mitigation and
adaptation fund (fund) created in section 2.
Section 3 imposes penalties for violations of section 1, ranging
from $500 to $5,000, depending on whether the violations are first
violations or subsequent violations, and requires that the civil penalty
payments be credited to the fund. Certain subsequent violations are also
subject to a penalty of 2 cents per square foot of gross floor area of the
covered building for each day that the violations continue.
Section 4 modifies the definition of an energy performance
contract that a governing body of a municipality, county, special district,
or school district (board) enters into for evaluation, recommendations, or
implementation of energy-saving measures to remove requirements that
a board's payment for goods and services pursuant to the contract be made
within a certain number of years of the contract's execution.
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Bill: HB21-1287
Title: Marriage Or Civil Union License Procedures
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
DescriptionConcerning measures related to permitting parties to certain proposed legal relationships under title 14, Colorado Revised Statutes, to satisfy certain requirements without having to appear in person.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/16/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
M. Soper (R)
Summary

The bill authorizes, subject to limitations, a county clerk and
recorder to permit the parties to a proposed marriage or civil union to
satisfy the requirement to appear before the county clerk and recorder by

interactive audiovisual communication technology, mail, fax, or online
functionality, for the purpose of satisfying certain requirements for a
marriage license or civil union license.
A county clerk and recorder who permits the parties to a proposed
marriage or civil union to satisfy certain requirements without appearing
in person and staff members who carry out duties on behalf of the county
clerk and recorder are encouraged to seek and receive training from a law
enforcement agency concerning human trafficking in Colorado.
The bill repeals the option of using these procedures for a marriage
license or civil union license effective December 31, 2023.

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Bill: HB21-1288
Title: Colorado Startup Loan Program
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
DescriptionConcerning the creation of the Colorado startup loan program, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Coleman (D)
House:
M. Duran (D)
J. Bacon (D)
Summary

The bill creates the Colorado startup loan program (program) in
the office of economic development (office) as a revolving loan program
to provide loans and grants to businesses seeking capital to start, restart,
or restructure a business. The office may contract with a business
nonprofit organization, bank, nondepository community development

financial institution, or other entity to administer the program.
The office or an administrator is required to establish policies for
the program, including:
  • The process and deadlines for applying to the program;
  • The eligibility criteria for businesses;
  • Maximum assistance levels for loans and grants;
  • Loan terms, program fees, and underwriting and risk
management policies; and
  • Reporting requirements for recipients.
The policies must be developed with the goal of generating enough return
to replenish the Colorado startup loan program fund (fund) for further
loan allocations.
In determining the eligibility of applicants and the size and terms
of loans and grants, the office or an administrator must consider:
  • The need of the business to restructure as a result of the
COVID-19 pandemic or the ability of the business to fill
gaps left by closures resulting from the COVID-19
pandemic;
  • The financial losses or other impacts from the COVID-19
pandemic that may inhibit an entrepreneur from obtaining
capital through traditional sources;
  • Whether the applicant or the applicant's community faces
other barriers to accessing capital from traditional sources;
and
  • The applicant's financial needs and repayment ability and
any technical assistance the applicant is receiving.
The office is required to work with the minority business office
and other stakeholders to promote the program to businesses that are
owned by women, minorities, and veterans and to businesses in rural and
underserved communities.
The bill creates the fund. The state treasurer is required to transfer
$30 million to the fund on the effective date of the bill. The money in the
fund is continuously appropriated to the office for the program.

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Bill: HB21-1289
Title: Funding For Broadband Deployment
Bill Subject- Telecommunications & Information Technology
DescriptionConcerning broadband deployment, and, in connection therewith, codifying the Colorado broadband office in the office of information technology; creating the digital inclusion grant program, the broadband stimulus grant program, and the interconnectivity grant program; and making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Priola (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House:
C. Kennedy (D)
M. Baisley (R)
Summary

Sections 1 and 2 of the bill extend the grant award distribution

and reporting dates for the connecting Colorado students grant program.
Section 4 creates the Colorado broadband office (broadband
office) in the office of information technology (office) as a type 1 entity.
Section 4 also creates the digital inclusion grant program fund and directs
the state treasurer to transfer $35 million from the general fund to the
fund for use by the broadband office to implement the digital inclusion
grant program to award grant money to proposed broadband deployment
projects throughout the state. Grant recipients other than Indian tribe or
nation recipients are prohibited from using the grant money for last-mile
broadband deployment. Section 3 requires the chief information officer
in the office to appoint a director of the broadband office.
Section 5 defines community anchor institution, critically
unserved, and income-qualified plan in relation to grants awarded by
the broadband deployment board (board) for proposed broadband
deployment projects throughout the state.
Section 6 creates the broadband stimulus grant program (grant
program) and requires the board to implement the grant program by
awarding grant money from the broadband stimulus account created in
the broadband administrative fund. The state treasurer is directed to
transfer $35 million from the general fund to the account for this grant
program. The board is encouraged to award money under the grant
program to applicants that previously applied for broadband deployment
grants from the board but were denied due to insufficient funding. An
applicant seeking money under the grant program must submit an
income-qualified plan to the board.
Section 7 updates the legislative declaration related to the division
of local government in the department of local affairs (division) to
include language indicating the importance of broadband deployment, and
section 8 defines terms related to the division's work in deploying
broadband.
Section 9 requires the division to submit a copy of any application
it receives for broadband deployment grant money to the board for the
board to review and provide a recommendation regarding the application
within 30 days after the division sends the copy to the board.
Section 9 also creates the interconnectivity grant program and
requires the division to implement the grant program by awarding grant
money for proposed projects that seek to achieve regional broadband
deployment and provide interconnection between communities. Projects
awarded money under this grant program, except for projects awarded to
Indian tribes or nations, cannot use the money awarded for last-mile
broadband deployment. To finance this grant program, section 9 also
creates the interconnectivity grant program fund into which the state
treasurer is directed to transfer $5 million from the general fund.
Section 10 appropriates:
  • $35 million from the digital inclusion grant program fund
to the office of information technology for use by the
Colorado broadband office to implement the digital
inclusion grant program;
  • $35 million from the broadband stimulus account in the
broadband administrative fund to the department of
regulatory agencies for use by the board to implement the
broadband stimulus grant program; and
  • $5 million from the interconnectivity grant program fund
to the department of local affairs for use by the division of
local government to implement the interconnectivity grant
program.

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Bill: HB21-1290
Title: Additional Funding For Just Transition
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- Energy
- Labor & Employment
DescriptionConcerning funding to provide just transition for coal transition workers and coal transition communities, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/11/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Rankin (R)
S. Fenberg (D)
House:
D. Esgar (D)
P. Will (R)
Summary

The bill makes general fund transfers of $8 million to the just
transition cash fund (fund) and $7 million to a newly created coal
transition worker assistance program account (account) in the fund. The
just transition office (office) is required to expend at least 70% of the
money transferred to the fund in state fiscal year (FY) 2021-22 and any

remaining money in state FY 2022-23 to implement the final just
transition plan for Colorado and to provide supplemental funding for
existing state programs that the office identifies as the most effective
vehicles for targeted investment in coal transition communities. In
expending the money, the office is required to develop specific criteria for
prioritizing the expenditures, emphasize investment in tier one transition
communities, as defined by the bill, and support specified types of
programs in accordance with specified requirements and limitations.
Subject to specified requirements and limitations, the department
of labor and employment is required to expend at least 70% of the money
transferred to the account in state FY 2021-22 and any remaining money
in state FY 2022-23 first for assistance programs that directly assist coal
transition workers and then, if money remains, to support family and
other household members of coal transition workers and create and
implement a pilot program to test innovative coal transition work support
programs.
The bill also amends and supplements existing definitions of coal
transition community and coal transition worker to improve the
implementation of just transition.

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Bill: HB21-1291
Title: Insurer Agent Branded Vehicle Title
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning allowing an agent of an insurer to obtain certain branded titles for vehicles that have been declared a total loss.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Priola (R)
F. Winter (D)
House:
K. Van Winkle (R)
T. Exum Sr. (D)
Summary

Current law allows an insurer who has declared a vehicle a total
loss to obtain a salvage or nonrepairable title for the vehicle when the
owner has failed to cooperate. The bill authorizes an agent of an insurer
to do the same.

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Bill: HB21-1292
Title: Report Revenues From Sports Betting Activity
Bill Subject- Gaming, Lottery, Racing
DescriptionConcerning a requirement for reporting revenues derived from sports betting activity.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/11/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
T. Story (D)
D. Hisey (R)
House:
M. Baisley (R)
J. Amabile (D)
Summary

The division of gaming within the department of revenue currently
publishes on its website monthly and annual public reports of revenues,
expenses, and other information from limited gaming activity in Central
City, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek. The bill requires similar reporting
for revenue associated with sports betting. To protect the privacy of
owners of sports betting venues, when the number of licensees in any of

the cities is less than 3, the bill requires aggregation of data from that city
with data from another city.
If the use of aggregated data results in a property valuation that the
casino owner or other taxpayer believes is inaccurate, the bill permits the
taxpayer to submit additional information to the county assessor, subject
to strict confidentiality requirements that continue throughout the property
valuation process and any subsequent appeals or court proceedings.

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Bill: HB21-1293
Title: Banks Modify Threshold Credentialed Appraiser
Bill Subject- Financial Services & Commerce
DescriptionConcerning a modification to the threshold below which a bank need not use a credentialed appraiser to appraise property reflected in its balance sheet.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/09/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Bridges (D)
R. Woodward (R)
House:
C. Larson (R)
M. Snyder (D)
Summary

Current law requires a bank to use a certified or licensed appraiser
when including property in its financial balance sheet unless the property
is initially valued at $250,000 or less. The bill deletes the dollar-value
limit and changes the exemption to a value consistent with federal
requirements and established pursuant to rules of the state banking board.

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Bill: HB21-1294
Title: K-12 Education Accountability Systems Performance Audit
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning an evaluation of the statewide systems used to measure the performance of the elementary and secondary public education system of the state, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
S. Bird (D)
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Summary

The bill directs the state auditor to contract with a public or private
entity (contractor) to conduct a performance audit of the statewide system
of standards and assessments and the statewide education accountability
system. The bill specifies the issues that the performance audit must
address. By November 15, 2022, and following release by the legislative

audit committee, the final report of the performance audit must be
submitted to the commissioner of education, the state board of education,
and the education committees of the general assembly.
The bill specifies the authority of the state auditor and the
contractor to access nonfinancial records and information held by the
department of education or held by public schools, school districts, boards
of cooperative services, and the state charter school institute, if the
records and information are not available from the department.

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Bill: HB21-1296
Title: Limited Gaming Codify Executive Orders
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- Gaming, Lottery, Racing
DescriptionConcerning the codification of executive orders pertaining to limited gaming, and, in connection therewith, allowing license applicants to submit fingerprints after the initial submission of an application, eliminating the statutory limit on the number of players permitted in the game of blackjack, and allowing a casino operator to divide its lawful gaming space into more than two noncontiguous spaces.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/14/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Pettersen (D)
D. Hisey (R)
House:
S. Bird (D)
M. Baisley (R)
Summary

By executive order, to allow for social distancing to prevent the
spread of COVID-19, Governor Polis:
  • Suspended the operation of statutes prohibiting more than
7 players in the game of blackjack;
  • Suspended the operation of statutes limiting a casino
operator to 2 noncontiguous gaming areas within the
casino; and
  • Eliminated the requirement that an applicant for a limited
gaming or sports betting license submit fingerprints
simultaneously with the license application for purposes of
conducting a fingerprint-based criminal history record
check, instead allowing the applicant to submit fingerprints
as a supplement to the application.
The bill codifies all 3 of these changes.

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Bill: HB21-1297
Title: Pharmacy Benefit Manager And Insurer Requirements
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
DescriptionConcerning requirements regarding the administration of prescription drug benefits under health benefit plans.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/01/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Sonnenberg (R)
J. Buckner (D)
House:
E. Hooton (D)
P. Will (R)
Summary

The bill precludes a health insurer, a pharmacy benefit manager
(PBM), or an entity acting for a health insurer or PBM to conduct on-site
audits of pharmacies within 12 months after a prior on-site audit except
in specified circumstances.
Additionally, the bill enacts the Pharmacy Fairness Act (act),
which imposes requirements regarding contracts between PBMs and

pharmacies as follows:
  • Requires a health insurer to submit to the commissioner of
insurance (commissioner) a list of PBMs the health insurer
uses to manage or administer prescription drug benefits
under its health benefit plans offered in this state;
  • Prohibits PBMs from:
  • Restricting a covered person's access to prescription
drug benefits at an in-network retail pharmacy,
except as permitted in limited circumstances;
  • Charging a pharmacy or pharmacist a fee for
adjudicating a claim, other than a one-time fee of
not more than the lesser of 25% of the pharmacy
dispensing fee or 25 cents for receipt and processing
of the same pharmacy claim;
  • Requiring stricter pharmacy accreditation standards
or certification requirements than the standards or
requirements that are applicable to similarly situated
PBM-affiliated pharmacies within the same PBM
network; or
  • Refusing to designate a pharmacy located in a
county with a population of 20,000 or fewer as a
preferred pharmacy under the health benefit plan.
A PBM that administers the drug assistance program operated by
the department of public health and environment is exempt from the
requirements and prohibitions of the act with regard to the PBM's
administration of that program only.
The bill also:
  • Requires a health insurer or PBM to respond in real time to
a request from an insured, the insured's health care
provider, or a third party acting on behalf of the insured or
provider for data regarding the cost, benefits, and coverage
under the insured's health benefit plan for a particular drug;
and
  • Requires a health insurer or PBM that removes a
prescription drug from the prescription drug formulary or
moves a prescription drug to a higher cost tier on the
formulary during the benefit year to notify a covered
person that is prescribed that drug at least 30 days before
the action and allow the covered person to continue using
the drug without prior authorization and at the same
coverage level for the remainder of the benefit year, except
in specified circumstances.

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Bill: HB21-1298
Title: Expand Firearm Transfer Background Check Requirements
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning the conditions under which a firearm transfer may be prohibited following a background check, and, in connection therewith, requiring approval of a firearm transfer prior to a transfer by a licensed dealer, establishing grounds for denying a transfer, and clarifying the process to appeal a denied transfer.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Pettersen (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
S. Woodrow (D)
J. Amabile (D)
Summary

Under existing federal law, a licensed gun dealer may transfer a

firearm to another person prior to receiving the results of a required
background check if 3 days have elapsed since the dealer initiated the
background check; state law does not generally require a background
check prior to a transfer by a licensed gun dealer. The bill establishes a
state requirement for a licensed gun dealer to obtain approval for a
firearms transfer from the Colorado bureau of investigation (bureau) prior
to transferring a firearm.
The bill prohibits the bureau from approving the transfer of a
firearm to a person who was convicted of specified misdemeanor
offenses. The bill also prohibits the bureau from approving a firearms
transfer until the bureau determines that its background investigation is
complete and that the transfer would not violate federal prohibitions on
firearms possession or result in a violation of state law.
Under existing law, a person who has been denied a firearms
transfer following a background check can appeal the denial. The bureau
is required to review background check records that prompted the denial
and render a final administrative decision regarding the denial within 30
days. The bill establishes a 60-day deadline for the bureau to conduct the
review and render a final administrative decision.
A person may be denied a firearms transfer if there has not been
a final disposition in criminal proceedings for certain offenses for which
the prospective transferee, if convicted, would be prohibited from
purchasing, receiving, or possessing a firearm. Under existing law, the
inability of the bureau to obtain the final disposition of a case that is no
longer pending cannot constitute the basis for the continued denial of the
transfer. The bill removes this restriction and permits continued denial of
the transfer when the bureau is unable to obtain the final disposition of a
case that is no longer pending.

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Bill: HB21-1299
Title: Office Of Gun Violence Prevention
Bill Subject- Public Health
DescriptionConcerning establishing an office of gun violence prevention, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
C. Hansen (D)
House:
T. Sullivan (D)
J. Bacon (D)
Summary

The bill establishes the office of gun violence prevention (office)
within the department of public health and environment to coordinate and
promote effective efforts to reduce gun violence. The office is required
to conduct public awareness campaigns to educate the general public
about state and federal laws and existing resources relating to gun

violence prevention. Subject to available money, the office may establish
and administer a grant program to award grants to organizations to
conduct community-based gun violence intervention initiatives that are
primarily focused on interrupting cycles of gun violence, trauma, and
retaliation that are evidence-informed and have demonstrated promise at
reducing gun violence without contributing to mass incarceration.
The office is required to create and maintain a resource bank as a
repository for data, research, and statistical information regarding gun
violence in Colorado. The office must collaborate with researchers to
improve data collection in Colorado and use existing available research
to enhance evidence-based gun violence prevention tools and resources
available to Colorado communities.

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Bill: HB21-1300
Title: Health-care Provider Liens For Injured Persons
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
DescriptionConcerning health-care provider liens related to charges for health care provided to a person injured as a result of the negligence or wrongful acts of another person.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (05/27/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Zenzinger (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
House:
P. Neville (R)
M. Weissman (D)
Summary

The bill establishes requirements for the creation and assignment
of a health-care provider lien for a person injured in an accident. A
health-care provider lien is a lien related to charges for health care

provided to a person injured by the negligence or wrongful act of another
person, which is asserted against money the injured person may receive
from a personal injury claim or uninsured motorist claim.
A health-care provider or the health-care provider's assignee
creating a lien must advise the injured person of their options for
payment, including the use of benefits from an insurance plan. In
addition, the provider or assignee must provide additional disclosures
about the lien, including how the health-care provider's assignee is
compensated and of any common ownership interests among the lien
holder and the injured person's health-care providers or legal counsel. The
injured person must also be advised that, except in the case of fraud or
misrepresentation:
  • If the injured person does not receive a judgment,
settlement, or payment on the injured person's claim, the
injured person is not liable for any amount of the lien;
  • If the injured person receives a net judgment, settlement, or
payment that is less than the amount of the lien, the injured
person is not liable for any amount over the amount of the
net judgment, settlement, or payment; and
  • The lien holder cannot assign the lien to a collection
agency.
The bill requires that a health-care provider lien cannot include
additional finance charges or interest and must be limited to the total of
the usual and customary charges billed by health-care providers. In the
absence of fraud or misrepresentation:
  • If the injured person does not receive a judgment,
settlement, or payment on the injured person's claim, the
injured person is not liable for any amount of the lien;
  • If the injured person receives a net judgment, settlement, or
payment that is less than the amount of the lien, the injured
person is not liable for any amount over the amount of the
net judgment, settlement, or payment; and
  • The lien holder cannot assign the lien to a collection
agency.
Except in an action under the Uniform Consumer Credit Code,
when a lien is assigned, the amount paid for the assignment, the fact of
the assignment, and the terms of the assignment are not admissible as
evidence in the underlying personal injury action.
The holder of a health-care provider lien may file notice of the lien
with the office of the secretary of state. If more than one health-care
provider lien has been asserted against an injured person's net judgment,
settlement, or payment for the same accident or incident, a lien for which
notice has been filed has priority over a lien for which notice has not been
filed. If notices are filed for more than one health-care provider lien for
the same accident or incident, priority is determined by the date on which
the notice was filed, with the lien with the earliest date of filing having
first priority.

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Bill: HB21-1301
Title: Cannabis Outdoor Cultivation Measures
Bill Subject- Agriculture
- Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
DescriptionConcerning the removal of impediments to cannabis farming, and, in connection therewith, permitting contingency plans to reduce crop loss based on adverse weather and convening a working group to examine measures to reduce cross-pollination, and making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Coram (R)
D. Moreno (D)
House:
D. Esgar (D)
R. Holtorf (R)
Summary

Section 1 defines cross-pollination, farm, licensed outdoor
marijuana farm, volunteer plant, and registered outdoor hemp farm

in connection with the convening of a working group in section 2 to
examine measures to minimize cross-pollination between cannabis plants.
Section 4 requires the state licensing authority to convene a
working group on or before November 1, 2021, to examine existing rules
and tax laws that apply to the wholesale marijuana cultivation market to
explore how the rules and laws could be amended to better position
Colorado businesses to be competitive in interstate commerce if
marijuana is legalized federally. The working group is required to report
its findings and recommendations to the executive director of the
department of revenue and the general assembly on or before June 1,
2022.
Section 5 requires the state licensing authority to engage in
rule-making on:
  • The process, procedures, and requirements for contingency
plans for outdoor marijuana cultivation facilities to
ameliorate crop loss due to adverse weather;
  • Procedures for outdoor marijuana cultivation facilities to
follow to temporarily cover crops to protect them from
extreme weather; and
  • Procedures for the conditional issuance of an employee
license identification card.
Sections 6 and 7 authorize medical marijuana cultivation and
retail marijuana cultivation facility licensees with outdoor cultivation
facilities, starting January 1, 2022, to file with the state licensing authority
a contingency plan for when there is a threat to operations due to an
adverse weather event and, if approved, to follow the plan if there is an
adverse weather event.
Before January 1, 2022, sections 6 and 7 authorize a medical
marijuana cultivation facility licensee or a retail marijuana cultivation
facility licensee with outdoor cultivation facilities to take reasonable and
necessary steps to ameliorate crop loss due to an adverse weather event.
The action is not a violation of state law or rules or local law or
regulations unless the state licensing authority or a local authority can
show that the action was not reasonable and necessary to prevent or
ameliorate crop loss due to an adverse weather event.
Section 3 defines adverse weather event to mean damaging
weather, such as drought, freeze, hail, excessive moisture, excessive
wind, or tornado or an adverse natural occurrence, such as an earthquake
or a flood.

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Bill: HB21-1302
Title: Continue COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
DescriptionConcerning a grant program for small businesses affected by economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/14/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
F. Winter (D)
House:
L. Herod (D)
L. Daugherty (D)
Summary

Senate Bill 20-222, enacted in 2020, created a grant program
financed through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic
Security Act to support small businesses suffering from economic
impacts of COVID-19 and related public health restrictions. The bill
appropriates $15 million from the general fund to continue the grant

program and modifies the criteria pursuant to which grants are awarded.

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Bill: HB21-1303
Title: Global Warming Potential For Public Project Materials
Bill Subject- State Government
DescriptionConcerning measures to limit the global warming potential for certain materials used in public projects, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
C. Hansen (D)
House:
B. McLachlan (D)
T. Bernett (D)
Summary

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

used in certain public projects under its purview. The bill specifies which
building materials are eligible materials. The department of personnel is
required to set the maximum acceptable global warming potential at the
industry average of global warming potential emissions for that material
and to express it as a number that states the maximum acceptable global
warming potential for each category of eligible material.
Specifications for solicitations for a public project requested by the
department of personnel are required to include that the global warming
potential for any eligible material that will be used in the project shall not
exceed the maximum acceptable global warming potential for that
material determined by the department.
The department of transportation is required to develop policies to
determine, track, and record greenhouse gas emissions for each category
of eligible materials used in certain public projects under its purview in
a manner consistent with criteria in an environmental product declaration.
The department of personnel and the department of transportation
are both are required to strive to achieve continuous reduction in
greenhouse gas emissions in construction materials over time for the
projects under their purview.
For solicitations for certain public projects under the purview of
the department of personnel or the department of transportation issued
after certain dates, the contractor that is awarded the contract is required
to submit a current environmental product declaration for each eligible
material proposed to be used in the public project.
A contractor that is awarded a contract for a public project is
prohibited from installing any eligible material on the project until the
contractor submits an environmental product declaration for that material.
The department of personnel and the department of transportation
are required to annually report to the general assembly regarding the
implementation of the bill.

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Bill: HB21-1304
Title: Early Childhood System
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
DescriptionConcerning measures to establish a unified early childhood system in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, creating the department of early childhood and making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Buckner (D)
S. Fenberg (D)
House:
A. Garnett (D)
E. Sirota (D)
Summary

Effective July 1, 2022, the bill creates the department of early
childhood (new department) to:
  • Provide early childhood opportunities;
  • Coordinate the availability of early childhood programs and
services throughout Colorado;

  • Establish state and community partnerships for a mixed
delivery of child care and early childhood programs
through school- and community-based providers;
  • Prioritize the interests and input of children, parents,
providers, and the community in designing and delivering
early childhood services and programs;
  • Prioritize the equitable delivery of resources and supports
for early childhood; and
  • Unify the administration of early childhood programs and
services.
The bill moves the early childhood leadership commission
(commission) to the new department, effective July 1, 2022.
The bill creates a transition working group (working group)
consisting of the co-chairs of the commission and representatives of
certain state agencies and the governor's office, and directs the co-chairs
of the commission to convene a transition advisory group (advisory
group). The bill directs the working group, working with a consultant and
with the advice of the advisory group, to develop a transition plan (plan)
for the coordination and administration of early childhood services and
programs by the new department and the departments of education,
human services, and public health and environment, including, to the
extent necessary, the transition of existing programs and services to the
new department. The bill includes specific requirements for the plan. The
governor's office must submit the plan to the joint budget committee as
part of the governor's 2022 budget request, and the working group must
submit the plan to the commission for approval. As soon as practicable
after the plan is approved, the governor's office must submit the approved
plan to the joint budget committee with any necessary budget request
amendments. The working group must submit the approved plan to other
committees of the general assembly by November 15, 2021, and must
meet with the early childhood and school readiness legislative
commission by December 1, 2021, to present the plan.
The bill also directs the working group, working with the
consultant and with the advice of the advisory group, to develop
recommendations for a new voluntary, universal preschool program
(recommendations) to be funded partially by the recently increased sales
tax on tobacco and operated by the new department beginning in the
2023-24 school year. The bill specifies requirements that the new
preschool program must meet. The working group must submit the
recommendations to the commission for approval and must then submit
the recommendations to the joint budget committee and other committees
of the general assembly by January 15, 2022.
The bill requires the governor's office to contract with one or more
private entities to consult with the working group in developing and
implementing the plan and in developing the recommendations and to
analyze the current use of existing early childhood programs in the state.

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Bill: HB21-1305
Title: Mental Health Practice Act
Bill Subject- Professions & Occupations
DescriptionConcerning the practice of mental health professionals, and, in connection therewith, clarifying education and hours of practice required for licensure or certification as an addiction counselor; and establishing supervision privileges for certified and licensed addiction counselors.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/07/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
F. Winter (D)
House:
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
R. Pelton (R)
Summary

The bill:
  • Exempts conviction records of mental health providers
from the Colorado Open Records Act if the conviction
records meet specified criteria;
  • Allows a licensed, registered, or certified mental health
provider to petition the applicable board to have a letter of
admonition issued by the board sealed and made
confidential except under certain circumstances. Each
board has the sole discretion to determine whether to
approve or deny the petition and the board's determination
is final.
  • Specifies criteria that a board must consider when making
its determination;
  • Provides exceptions as to when a board may unseal or
share a letter of admonition;
  • Specifies title use restrictions for certified addiction
specialists, certified addiction technicians, and addiction
counselor candidates;
  • Establishes supervision privileges for licensed and certified
addiction counselors; and
  • Clarifies the education and hours of practice required to be
certified or licensed as an addiction counselor and the
scope of practice of licensed addiction counselors.

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Bill: HB21-1306
Title: Accreditation Of Postsecondary Institutions
Bill Subject- Higher Education
DescriptionConcerning approvals of certain entities to operate as postsecondary educational entities in the state, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/03/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lundeen (R)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
A. Garnett (D)
T. Geitner (R)
Summary

Current law requires a private college or university operating in the
state to be institutionally accredited on the basis of an on-site review by
a regional or national accrediting body recognized by the United States
department of education (DOE). The bill allows private colleges and
universities and private occupational schools to be accredited by:
  • Institutional accrediting bodies recognized by the DOE or

by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation
(CHEA); or
  • Programmatic accrediting bodies that may accredit
freestanding, single-purpose institutions.
If an institution intends to seek institutional accreditation from a
programmatic accrediting body, the scope of such recognition must
reflect the accrediting body's ability, as recognized by the DOE or the
CHEA, to accredit a freestanding, single-purpose institution.
The bill states it is a deceptive trade or sales practice for a private
occupational school to advertise or otherwise represent that it is
accredited unless the school is accredited by an accrediting body that is
recognized by the DOE or the CHEA.
The bill allows an educational institution or educational service
that is exempt from the requirements of the Private Occupational
Education Act of 1981 to waive its exempt status in order to apply for
authorization to operate a private occupational school, subject to certain
conditions.

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Bill: HB21-1307
Title: Prescription Insulin Pricing And Access
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
DescriptionConcerning measures to increase access to prescription insulin for persons with diabetes.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
L. Liston (R)
K. Donovan (D)
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
House:
D. Roberts (D)
Summary

The bill:
  • Provides that the current law establishing a $100 cap on a
person's 30-day supply of prescription insulin is for the
person's entire insulin supply, regardless of the number of
prescriptions a person may have;
  • Provides eligible individuals access to one emergency

prescription insulin supply within a 12-month period at a
cost not to exceed $35 for a 30-day supply; and
  • Creates the insulin affordability program in the division of
insurance through which eligible individuals may obtain
prescription insulin for 12 months at a cost of not more
than $50 for a 30-day supply.

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Bill: HB21-1309
Title: Criminal Trial Continuances COVID-19 Pandemic
Bill Subject- Courts & Judicial
DescriptionConcerning measures related to permitting continuing a criminal trial because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lee (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House:
T. Carver (R)
D. Roberts (D)
Summary

Under existing law, a criminal defendant must be brought to trial
within 6 months after the date of the entry of a plea of not guilty.
However, there are circumstances that exclude a period of time when
computing the time within which a defendant must be brought to trial.
These exclusions extend the length of time within which the defendant
must be brought to trial.

The bill permits the court to exclude a period of delay caused by
the COVID-19 pandemic, not to exceed 6 months, if the case includes a
charge of a certain crime and other considerations are satisfied. The court
may grant not more than 2 continuances due to a period of delay caused
by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The bill requires the court that orders an exclusion of a period of
delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to conduct a hearing for
reconsideration of bond for an eligible defendant in custody awaiting
trial.
A court shall not grant a continuance based on a delay caused by
the COVID-19 pandemic on or after 5:01 p.m. on April 29, 2022.

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Bill: HB21-1310
Title: Homeowners' Association Regulation Of Flags And Signs
Bill Subject- Civil Law
- Housing
- Local Government
DescriptionConcerning additional protections for homeowners' freedom of expression in common interest communities under the "Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act".
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/01/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
L. Cutter (D)
Summary

Current law limits the application of architectural and landscaping
regulations of common interest communities (also known as HOAs) so
as to require that they allow displays of the American flag, service flags

such as the blue star and gold star flags, and political signs, subject
to specific statutory criteria. For example, the statute allows political
signs to be prohibited outright except during an election season, defined
as the period from 45 days before an election to 7 days after the election.
The bill simplifies and broadens these protections, requiring an
HOA to permit the display of any flag or sign at any time, subject only to
reasonable, content-neutral limitations such as the number, size, or
placement of the flags or signs.

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Bill: HB21-1311
Title: Income Tax
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning income tax, and, in connection therewith, requiring additions to Colorado taxable income in amounts related to limiting certain federal itemized deductions, extending the limit on the federal deduction allowed under section 199A of the internal revenue code, limiting the deduction for contributions made to 529 plans, disallowing an enhanced federal deduction for food and beverage expenses at restaurants, and limiting the capital gains subtraction; allowing a subtraction from Colorado taxable income in amounts related to repealing the cap on the deduction for certain social security income; reducing state income tax revenue by increasing the earned income tax credit, funding the child tax credit, and allowing a temporary income tax credit for a business equal to a percentage of the conversion costs to convert the business to a worker-owned coop, an employee stock ownership plan, or an employee ownership trust; increasing state income tax revenue by modifying the computation of the corporate income tax receipts factor to make it more congruent with combined reporting; preventing corporations from using tax shelters in foreign jurisdictions for the purpose of tax avoidance; clarifying that certain captive insurance companies are not exempt from income tax; and making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Moreno (D)
C. Hansen (D)
House:
M. Weissman (D)
E. Sirota (D)
Summary

Section 2 of the bill modifies how taxable income is determined
for individuals for purposes of the state income tax. Specifically, it:
  • Imposes a cap for taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes
equal to or exceeding $400,000 on certain itemized
deductions claimed under the internal revenue code;
  • Repeals, for social security income that is included in
federal taxable income only, the cap on the deduction for
pension and annuity income received;
  • Adds a cap, per taxpayer per beneficiary, on the deduction
for contributions made to 529 plans;
  • Requires individual taxpayers to add amounts of federal
taxable income that are equal to the enhanced federal
deductions for food and beverage in a restaurant for the
2022 income year; and
  • Extends the limit on the federal deduction allowed under
section 199A of the internal revenue code.
Section 3 increases the earned income tax credit to 20% for
income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2022, and applies the
lowered minimum age for individuals without a qualifying child in the
federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to the state credit for income
tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2022.
Section 4 funds the child tax credit for income tax years
commencing on or after January 1, 2022, and allows a child tax credit in
the state regardless of the federal requirement that a qualifying child must
have a social security number for the federal child tax credit. Section 4
also specifies that if the changes to the federal child tax credit in the
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 are no longer in effect, the
percentages of the state child tax credit are increased.
Sections 5 through 7 make the state's corporate income tax more
uniform compared to other states by replacing the current combined
reporting standard with the multistate tax commission's standard. In
addition, these sections modify the computation of the receipts factor to
make it more congruent with the unitary business principle.
In addition to making the state's corporate income tax more
uniform compared to other states, section 6 also prevents corporations
from using tax shelters in foreign jurisdictions for the purpose of tax
avoidance.
Section 7 also modifies how taxable income is determined for C
corporations for purposes of the state income tax. Specifically, it requires
corporate taxpayers to add amounts of federal taxable income that are
equal to the enhanced federal deductions for food and beverage in a
restaurant for the 2022 income year.
Section 8 repeals a state subtraction for certain capital gains
incurred.
Section 9 creates a temporary income tax credit for a business for
a percentage of the conversion costs to convert the business to a
worker-owned coop, an employee stock ownership plan, or an employee
ownership trust.
Sections 10 through 13 address the avoidance of income tax by
certain captive insurance companies.

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Bill: HB21-1312
Title: Insurance Premium Property Sales Severance Tax
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning taxation, and, in connection therewith, narrowing the scope of the home office insurance premium tax rate reduction and the annuities consideration exemption for the insurance premium tax; for purposes of the property tax, requiring the actual value of real property to reflect the value of the fee simple estate and requiring personal property to be based on the property's value in use; increasing the per-schedule exemption for business personal property tax and reimbursing local governments for the lost tax revenue; for purposes of the sales and use tax, codifying that the definition of tangible personal property includes digital goods and specifying that the tax on sales and purchases of tangible personal property includes amounts charged for mainframe computer access, photocopying, and packing and crating; disallowing the sales tax vendor fee for retailers with a substantial amount of taxable sales during the filing period; for the severance tax on oil and gas, requiring the net-back deductions used to determine gross income be direct costs actually paid by the taxpayer; phasing-out tax credits and exemptions for the severance tax on coal; and making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Moreno (D)
C. Hansen (D)
House:
M. Weissman (D)
E. Sirota (D)
Summary

The bill makes changes to several state and local government
taxes.
Insurance premium tax. Currently, the insurance premium tax is
equal to 2% of premiums collected or contracted for covering property or
risks in this state; except that a company that is deemed to maintain a
home office or regional home office in this state pays tax of 1%. Section
2
of the bill requires a company to have at least 2.5% of its total domestic
workforce in the state in order for the company to be deemed to maintain
a home office or regional home office. This section also narrows the tax
exemption for annuities considerations to those that are purchased in
connection with a qualified retirement plan, a Roth 401(k), or an
individual retirement account. For the purpose of auditing a company's
tax statement, section 2 also authorizes the commissioner of insurance to
appoint an independent examiner to conduct an examination on behalf of
the commissioner.
Property tax. For purposes of imposing the property tax, section
4 requires the actual value of real property to reflect the value of the fee
simple estate. Section 5 requires that the actual value of personal property
be determined based on the property's value in use, which will be defined
by the property tax administrator.
There is an exemption from property tax for business personal
property that would otherwise be listed on a single personal property if
the property is less than a certain amount, which increases with inflation
each property tax cycle. For the next property tax cycle, section 6
increases the exemption from $7,900 to $50,000. Similar to the
reimbursement for the homestead exemption, the state is required to
reimburse local governments for lost property tax revenue caused by the
increase. The first reimbursement will be based on actual property tax
schedules filed, and future reimbursements will be adjusted estimates
based on the initial amount.
Sales and use tax. The state sales and use tax is imposed on the
sale and use of tangible personal property. Section 7 codifies the
department of revenue rule that the definition of tangible personal
property includes digital goods. Section 8 specifies that the state sales
tax applies to amounts charged for mainframe computer access,
photocopying, and packing and crating.
A retailer who collects state sales tax is currently allowed to retain
4% of the state sales taxes collected, with a monthly cap of $1,000, as
compensation for the retailer's expenses incurred in collecting and
remitting the tax (vendor fee). Beginning January 1, 2022, section 9
eliminates the vendor fee for any filing period that the retailer's total
taxable sales were greater than $1 million.
Severance taxes. The severance tax on oil and gas is currently
imposed on gross income, which is equal to the net amount realized for
the sale of the oil and gas. The net amount realized is equal to the gross
lease revenues, less deductions for any transportation, manufacturing, or
processing costs by the taxpayer borne by the taxpayer (netback
deductions). Section 10 limits the netback deductions to direct costs
actually paid by the taxpayer for those purposes, which disallows costs of
capital and other indirect expenses.
Currently, the first 300,000 tons of coal produced in each quarter
is exempt from the property tax. There is also a tax credit equal to 50%
for coal produced from underground mines and another credit in the same
amount for lignitic coal. Beginning with the 2022 taxable year, section 11
phases out the quarterly exemption and both tax credits. The additional
severance tax that results from these changes is credited to the just
transition cash fund under section 12.

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Bill: HB21-1313
Title: Child Protection Ombudsman and Immigrant Children
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Human Services
- Immigration
DescriptionConcerning permitting the office of the child protection ombudsman to initiate investigations on behalf of unaccompanied immigrant children who are housed in state-licensed residential child care facilities, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/04/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
A. Benavidez (D)
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Summary

Under current law, the office of the child protection ombudsman
(ombudsman) has a duty to receive complaints made by or on behalf of
a child relating to the child protection system. Once the ombudsman

receives a complaint, the ombudsman may investigate and seek resolution
of the complaint. The bill extends the scope of the ombudsman's duties
to self-initiate impartial and independent investigations and ongoing
reviews of the safety and well-being of unaccompanied immigrant
children who live in a state-licensed residential child care facility
(facility) and who are in the custody of the office of refugee resettlement
of the federal department of health and human services. The ombudsman
may seek resolution of such investigations and ongoing reviews by
referring an investigation and ongoing review to the state department of
human services (department) or the appropriate agency or entity and
making a recommendation for action relating to the investigation and
ongoing review of the facility. The ombudsman may request, review, and
receive copies of information, records, or documents that the ombudsman
deems necessary to conduct a thorough and independent investigation and
ongoing review of the facility. The ombudsman shall report the results of
the investigation and ongoing review in the ombudsman's annual report.
The bill requires the facility to notify the ombudsman and the
department within 3 days after the arrival of an unaccompanied
immigrant child.
The bill permits the department and the ombudsman to coordinate
site visits to investigate and review a facility. The department and the
ombudsman may share final reports based on their site visits.

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Bill: HB21-1314
Title: Department Of Revenue Action Against Certain Documents
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning the authority of the department of revenue to take action against certain documents, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Moreno (D)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
L. Herod (D)
M. Gray (D)
Summary

Under existing law, the department of revenue (department) is
either allowed or required to administratively suspend, cancel, revoke,
deny, or deny renewal of a driver's license, instruction permit, or
identification card following specified conduct by a licensee or card
holder. The bill repeals the department's discretionary authority to take
administrative action to:

  • Cancel, deny, or deny renewal of a person's driver's license:
  • For unlawful or fraudulent use or conviction of
misuse of license, titles, permits, or license plates;
  • Because the person failed to pay a monetary
judgment or has an outstanding warrant relating to
a traffic violation or a municipal violation
committed when the person was under 18 years of
age; or
  • Because the person failed to pay a judgment for
using public transportation without paying the fare;
and
  • Cancel, deny, or deny renewal of a person's driver's license
or identification card because the person failed to register
all vehicles owned by the person.
The bill repeals mandatory administrative actions by the
department to:
  • Revoke a person's driver's license or instruction permit for
certain convictions related to illegal underage possession or
consumption of alcohol or marijuana or attempting to
obtain alcohol by misrepresenting the person's age or by
any other method or because the person was convicted of,
or has received a deferred judgment for, aggravated motor
vehicle theft or second degree criminal trespass;
  • Deny issuance or renewal of a person's driver's license
because the person failed to pay a monetary judgment or
has an outstanding warrant relating to a traffic violation or
a municipal violation committed when the person was
under 18 years of age or the person failed to pay a
monetary judgment for using public transportation without
paying the fare; or
  • Suspend the driver's license of certain persons following
conviction for selling, serving, or otherwise providing
alcohol to or for an underage person or permitting or failing
to prevent an underage person from using the person's
identification to unlawfully purchase alcohol.
The bill prohibits the department from denying to issue, renew, or
reinstate a person's driver's license because the person failed to pay a
monetary judgment or has an outstanding warrant relating to a traffic
violation or a municipal violation. The person must pay the required fees
for issuance or reinstatement of the license.

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Bill: HB21-1315
Title: Costs Assessed To Juveniles In The Criminal Justice System
Bill Subject- Courts & Judicial
- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning eliminating certain monetary amounts a juvenile in the justice system is required to pay.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/02/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Moreno (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
L. Herod (D)
M. Soper (R)
Summary

Under current law, courts may assess administrative fees, costs,
and surcharges in juvenile delinquency cases when juveniles have been
charged with or adjudicated of certain crimes. The bill removes the
following costs and fees that a juvenile or a juvenile's parent or legal
guardian must pay:
  • Cost of care for a juvenile sentenced to a placement out of

the home or granted probation as a result of an
adjudication, deferral of adjudication, or direct filing in or
transfer to district court;
  • Costs of prosecution, the amount of the cost of care, and
any fine imposed upon a juvenile who is adjudicated a
juvenile delinquent;
  • Fees for applying for court-appointed counsel and costs of
the representation when a juvenile's parent, guardian, or
legal custodian is determined not to be indigent;
  • Costs and surcharges levied on criminal actions and traffic
offenses paid into the court district's crime victim
compensation fund and the victims and witnesses
assistance and law enforcement fund;
  • Surcharges paid into the sex offender surcharge fund by
juveniles adjudicated, or who receive a deferred
adjudication, for commission of a sex offense;
  • Cost of the juvenile's medical care in the youthful offender
system;
  • Cost of collecting and testing biological samples from
juveniles sentenced to the youthful offender system;
  • Time payment and late penalty fees assessed when a
juvenile does not pay fines, fees, costs, surcharges, or other
monetary assessments in criminal cases;
  • Fees related to participating in restorative justice practices;
  • Costs and surcharges related to impaired driving; and
  • The fee assessed on persons required to perform
community or useful public service.
Any outstanding balances of the fees, costs, and surcharges
repealed in the bill are unenforceable and not collectable. Within 6
months after the bill goes into effect, the court is required to vacate the
portion of a court order that imposes the costs.

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Bill: HB21-1316
Title: Conform The Term Lease Purchase To Accounting Standards
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning changes to the term "lease-purchase" as it relates to state or local public agreements to clarify that such agreements are to be accounted for by the state controller as financed purchases of assets, and, in connection therewith, conforming the Colorado Revised Statutes with the current accounting standards set by the governmental accounting standards board.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/04/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Moreno (D)
B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House:
D. Valdez (D)
A. Pico (R)
Summary

Statutory Revision Committee. The state controller is required
to prescribe a unified system of accounts and prepare financial statements
based on systems set forth by the governmental accounting standards
board (GASB). Statement number 87 by GASB, which affects state and
local government fiscal years after June 15, 2021, requires that a contract
that transfers ownership of an asset be accounted for and reported as a
financed purchase or sale of an asset, regardless of whether the contract
is labeled by the parties as a lease.
Effective July 1, 2021, the bill replaces the term lease-purchase
agreement, and, as necessary to effectuate the purpose of the bill,
substantially similar terms, with financed purchase of an asset or
certificate of participation agreement, and, as necessary to effectuate the
intent of the bill, substantially similar terms, throughout the Colorado
Revised Statutes to clarify that, in accordance with GASB requirements,
any such state or local public contract is to be accounted for and reported
by the state controller as a financed purchase or sale of the underlying
asset rather than as a lease.

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Bill: HB21-1317
Title: Regulating Marijuana Concentrates
Bill Subject- Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
DescriptionConcerning the regulation of marijuana for safe consumption, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lundeen (R)
C. Hansen (D)
House:
A. Garnett (D)
Y. Caraveo (D)
Summary

The bill requires the Colorado school of public health to do a
systematic review of the scientific research related to the physical and
mental health effects of high-potency THC marijuana and concentrates.
The bill creates a scientific review council (council) to review the report
and make recommendations to the general assembly. Based on the
research and findings, the Colorado school of public health shall produce

a public education campaign for the general public, to be approved by the
council, regarding the effect of high-potency THC marijuana on the
developing brain and mental health.
Current law requires a doctor to conduct a full assessment of the
patient's medical history when making a medical marijuana
recommendation. The bill requires that assessment to include the patient's
mental health history. If the recommending physician is not the patient's
primary care physician, the bill directs the recommending physician to
review the records of a diagnosing physician or licensed mental health
provider. When a practitioner makes a medical marijuana authorization,
the practitioner must certify that authorization to the department of public
health and environment. The bill requires the certification to include:
  • The date of issue and the effective date of the
recommendation;
  • The patient's name and address;
  • The recommending physician's name, address, and federal
drug enforcement agency number;
  • The THC potency level of medical marijuana being
recommended;
  • The dosage form;
  • The daily authorized quantity;
  • Directions for use; and
  • The recommending physician's signature.
The bill prohibits a physician for charging an additional fee for
recommending an extended plant count or making a recommendation
related to an exception to a medical marijuana requirement.
The bill imposes the following requirements on medical marijuana
patients ages 18 to 20 years old:
  • Two physicians from different medical practices have to
diagnose the patient as having a debilitating or disabling
medical condition after an in-person consultation;
  • One of the physicians must explain the possible risks and
benefits of the medical use of marijuana to the patient;
  • One physician must provide the patient with the written
documentation specifying that the patient has been
diagnosed with a debilitating or disabling medical
condition and the physician has concluded that the patient
might benefit from the medical use of marijuana; and
  • The patient attends follow-up appointments every 6 months
after the initial visit with one of the physicians.
The bill requires the department of public health and environment
(department) to create a report from emergency room and hospital
discharge data of patients who presented with conditions or a diagnosis
that reflect marijuana use and provide that report at the department's
annual State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and
Transparent (SMART) Government Act hearing.
The bill requires the coroner in each case of a suicide, overdose
death, or accidental death to order a toxicology screen. The coroner shall
report the results of the toxicology screen to the Colorado violent death
reporting system. The department then produces an annual report of the
data beginning January 2, 2022, and annually each year thereafter.
The bill prohibits medical marijuana advertising that is specifically
directed to those ages 18 to 20 years old and requires medical and retail
marijuana concentrate advertising to include a warning regarding the risks
of medical marijuana concentrate overconsumption.
A medical and retail marijuana store shall provide a notice at the
time of sale regarding the criminal penalties associated with marijuana
diversion. A medical marijuana store and retail marijuana store shall
provide a patient with a pamphlet regarding the risks of overconsumption
of medical marijuana concentrate when selling concentrate.
The bill requires medical marijuana stores to immediately record
transactions in the seed-to-sale inventory tracking system to allow the
system to:
  • Continuously monitor entry of patient data to identify
discrepancies with daily purchase limits and potency
authorizations;
  • Access and retrieve real-time sales data based on patient
identification number; and
  • Respond with a user error message if a sale to a patient or
caregiver will exceed the patient's allowed purchase limit
for that business day or potency authorization.
The bill limits the amount of medical marijuana concentrate that
a patient can purchase in one day to 8 grams, unless the patient is 18 to 20
years old then the limit is 2 grams, except in the case of a homebound
patient or if the patient's certification states that the patients needs more
than 8 grams or 2 grams respectively.
Beginning January 1, 2023, the bill requires medical marijuana
concentrate and retail marijuana concentrate to be sold in a package
containing one gram separated into no less than 10 equal portioned
amounts. The bill limits the amount of retail marijuana concentrate that
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Bill: HB21-1318
Title: Create Outdoor Equity Grant Program
Bill Subject- Gaming, Lottery, Racing
- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning the creation of the outdoor equity grant program, and, in connection therewith, funding the grant program from lottery money, and making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
L. Garcia (D)
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
House:
L. Herod (D)
D. Ortiz (D)
Summary

The bill establishes an outdoor equity board (board) in the division
of parks and wildlife. The board is responsible for the governance of the
outdoor equity grant program (grant program), which is created in the bill.
The purpose of the outdoor equity grant program is to increase access and
opportunity for underserved youth and their families to experience

Colorado's open spaces, state parks, public lands, and other outdoor areas.
The bill specifies that the board may award grants to applicants
that will directly utilize the grant to engage eligible youth and their
families by reducing barriers to the Colorado outdoors, creating pathways
for formal or informal conservation of the Colorado outdoors, or offering
environmental and Colorado outdoor-based educational opportunities.
The bill funds the grant program through a redistribution of lottery
money that is earmarked for the general fund.

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Bill: HB21-1319
Title: Temporary Modifications To Prevailing Wage Requirements
Bill Subject- State Government
DescriptionConcerning temporary modifications to general prevailing rate requirements for certain state contracts for public projects.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/15/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lee (D)
House:
M. Duran (D)
Summary

Senate Bill 19-196, enacted in 2019, requires that a state agency
(agency) specify a general prevailing rate of wages and other payments
provided to employees (prevailing rate) in certain contracts for public
projects, and it applies to state solicitations issued for projects
(solicitations) on or after July 1, 2021.

For solicitations issued on July 1, 2021, through December 31,
2021, only, the bill requires that the agency obtain the general prevailing
rate directly from the United States department of labor. For solicitations
issued on or after January 1, 2022, the agency must obtain the general
prevailing rate from the director of the Colorado department of personnel
and administration (department).
For solicitations issued on July 1, 2021, through December 31,
2021, only, the bill requires that the agency keep a schedule of the
prevailing rate on file for the life of the project. Beginning on January 1,
2022, the director of the department is required to keep a schedule of the
customary prevailing rate in his or her office.
The bill also permits the department to include only solicitations
issued on or after January 1, 2022, rather than solicitations issued on or
after July 1, 2021, in its annual reports detailing the amount of
apprenticeship training contributions paid.

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Bill: HB21-1320
Title: Sunset Sex Offender Management Board
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
DescriptionConcerning the continuation of the sex offender management board, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations of the 2019 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
P. Lee (D)
House:
A. Benavidez (D)
K. Tipper (D)
Summary

Sunset Process - House Judiciary Committee. Sections 1 and
2. The bill implements the recommendations of the department of
regulatory agencies' sunset review and report on the sex offender

management board (board). The bill continues the functions of the board
until 2027.
Sections 3 and 4. The bill requires persons who supervise sex
offenders (supervising officers) to conform to the guidelines and
standards of the board and authorizes the board to work with the
supervising agencies to hear and act on complaints against supervising
officers, including removing a supervising officer's ability to supervise a
sex-offender-specific caseload.
Section 5. Under current law, the agency supervising an adult sex
offender or juvenile is required to give the offender or juvenile a choice
of 2 appropriate treatment provider agencies. The bill requires the
supervising agency to provide a list of all approved treatment providers
with expertise to work with the specific risks and needs of the offender
or juvenile.
Section 6. Other statutes define sexually violent predators and
require them to register and be subject to community notification. The bill
strikes unnecessary language referring to sexually violent predators
Section 7. The bill requires the board to maintain a record of any
denial or removal from the list of approved providers or other sanctions
due to a provider's criminal history.

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Bill: HB21-1321
Title: Voter Transparency In Ballot Measures
Bill Subject- Elections & Redistricting
DescriptionConcerning voter transparency requirements to increase information about the fiscal impact of statewide ballot measures that would result in a change in district revenue, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Moreno (D)
B. Pettersen (D)
House:
C. Kennedy (D)
M. Weissman (D)
Summary

The bill requires that certain language appear at the beginning of
a ballot title for an initiated measure that would either increase or
decrease tax revenue through a tax policy change. In the case of a

measure that would reduce state tax revenue through a tax policy change,
the ballot title must begin Shall funding available for state services that
include but are not limited to (the three largest areas of program
expenditures) be impacted by a reduction of (projected dollar figure of
revenue reduction to the state in the first full fiscal year that the measure
reduces revenue) in tax revenue...?. In the case of a measure that would
reduce local district property tax revenue through a tax policy change, the
ballot title must begin Shall funding available for public services offered
by counties, school districts, water districts, fire districts, and other
districts funded, at least in part, by property taxes be impacted by a
reduction of (projected dollar figure of revenue reduction to all districts
in the first full fiscal year that the measure reduces revenue) in property
tax revenue...?. In the case of a measure that would increase tax revenue
for any district through a tax policy change, after the language required
by section 20 (3)(c) of article X of the state constitution, the ballot title
must state either in order to increase or improve levels of public
services, or, if applicable, in order to increase or improve levels of
public services, including, but not limited to (the program expenditure
that the measure states will receive increased funding).
The bill also creates additional requirements for the fiscal
summary of an initiated measure that would increase or decrease the
individual income tax rate or state sales tax rate. The bill requires the
fiscal summary for such a measure to include a table that shows the
average tax burden change for a filer in different income categories.
The bill changes the requirements for the ballot information
booklet entry for certain measures. The bill requires the ballot information
booklet entry for an initiated measure that would increase or decrease
income tax revenue or state sales tax revenue to include a table that shows
the number of tax filers in designated income categories, the total tax
burden change for each of those income categories, and the average tax
burden change for a filer within each of those income categories. If an
initiated measure includes a tax policy change that reduces state tax
revenue, the bill requires the ballot information booklet to include a
description of the 3 largest areas of program expenditure funded by the
affected revenue stream.

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Bill: HB21-1322
Title: Gasoline And Special Fuel Tax Restructuring
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning the restructuring of the gasoline and special fuel tax.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/03/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Pettersen (D)
House:
M. Snyder (D)
B. Titone (D)
Summary

The bill restructures the excise tax on gasoline and special fuel
(fuels) by:
  • Imposing the tax when it is imported into the state or
removed from any terminal in the state, in addition to the
existing points of taxation;
  • Eliminating the 3 tax deferred transactions;

  • Exempting the tax from the import or removal of fuels by
bulk transfer to or from a terminal or refinery in certain
circumstances;
  • Permitting the 2% allowance to cover losses for terminals
that are outside of the state;
  • Requiring a terminal operator to verify that the person
receiving the fuels is a licensee or is exempt from taxation;
  • If the purchaser is not a licensee or exempt from taxation,
requiring the terminal operator to collect the tax, which the
terminal operator holds in trust for the state, and
establishing that the terminal operator is liable and
responsible for the tax;
  • Specifying when the tax is imposed on an importer,
blender, seller of liquefied petroleum gas or natural gas,
user, and other distributor;
  • Harmonizing provisions applicable to the exemption for
governments;
  • Explicitly identifying certain fuels used in aircrafts as being
exempt;
  • Codifying that a distributor has the burden of proving that
fuels are exempt;
  • Codifying the exemption for the removal of fuels from a
terminal by a licensed exporter exclusively for delivery to
another state;
  • Requiring a terminal operator to be licensed, which is the
current practice;
  • Consolidating the penalties for acting without a license;
  • Making conforming changes related to the aforementioned
changes;
  • Reorganizing and relocating provisions; and
  • Modernizing language.

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Bill: HB21-1323
Title: Special Olympics License Plate
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning the creation of a Special Olympics license plate for motor vehicles, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/03/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Rankin (R)
S. Fenberg (D)
House:
L. Cutter (D)
J. Amabile (D)
Summary

The bill creates the Special Olympics license plate for motor
vehicles. A person qualifies for issuance of the plate if the person makes
a donation to a designated nonprofit organization. The designated
nonprofit organization must:
  • Be headquartered in Colorado;
  • Have existed for at least 40 years;

  • Provide year-round sports training and athletic
competitions for children and adults with intellectual
disabilities;
  • Collaborate with schools throughout Colorado to bring
students together through shared activities that include
sports, leadership opportunities, and health education and
fitness; and
  • Ensure that the donation is spent in Colorado to support
athletes with intellectual disabilities.
In addition to the normal fees for a license plate, a person must pay
2 additional one-time fees for the issuance of the plate. One of these fees
is credited to the highway users tax fund and the other fee is credited to
the licensing services cash fund.

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Bill: HB21-1324
Title: Promote Innovative And Clean Energy Technologies
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- Energy
- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning measures to facilitate the use of innovative energy technologies by investor-owned utilities in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, authorizing the public utilities commission to review and approve investor-owned utilities' applications for low-emission innovative energy technologies based on meeting specified criteria.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
D. Hisey (R)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
D. Roberts (D)
R. Pelton (R)
Summary


The bill replaces the integrated gasification combined cycle
(IGCC) program, which was repealed in 2019, with a mechanism by
which an investor-owned utility seeking to implement an innovative
energy technology project may apply to the public utilities commission to
acquire resources that demonstrate the use of low- and zero-emission
resources and other innovative energy technologies such as advanced
renewable energy and storage.

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Bill: HB21-1325
Title: Funding Public Schools Formula
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning establishing a school finance legislative interim committee to consider changes to the method for funding public schools to improve student achievement, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/17/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
B. Rankin (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
House:
L. Herod (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Summary

The bill makes the following changes to the Public School
Finance Act of 1994 (school finance formula), commencing with the
2021-22 budget year:

  • Modifies at-risk funding by adding pupils who are eligible
for reduced-price lunch under the federal school lunch
program, in addition to the free-lunch pupils in the existing
definition, and removing from the definition of at-risk
pupils the subset of English language learners who are
currently included in the at-risk pupil count;
  • Adds a new English language learner funding factor to the
school finance formula for all English language learners
included in the prior year's pupil enrollment. The factor is
8% of per pupil funding multiplied by the English language
learner enrollment, as defined in the bill.
  • Makes corresponding changes to the calculation of district
total program funding, minimum per pupil funding, and the
minimum per pupil funding base to reflect the school
finance formula changes relating to English language
learner factor funding; and
  • Makes a corresponding change to the statutory district total
program amount to reflect the changes to the at-risk
funding factor and the addition of the English language
learner funding factor.
The bill includes the general assembly's finding that state
education fund money may be used for the school finance formula
changes in the bill.
Beginning in the 2022-23 budget year, the bill directs the
department of education to calculate an override mill match amount for
distribution to each school district that is levying 27 mills for total
program and that would have to levy more than 30 mills to reach the
maximum amount of mill levy override revenue permitted by law. The
bill specifies a formula for calculating the amount of the distributions.
The bill creates the mill levy override match fund (fund) and the actual
mill match amount distributed to school districts is subject to annual
appropriations to the fund. A school district must distribute a portion of
the override mill match amount that it receives to the charter schools of
the school district in the same way it distributes mill levy override
revenue.
The bill creates the legislative interim committee on school finance
(interim committee). The interim committee will meet during the 2021
and the 2022 legislative interims. The committee consists of 4 senators
and 4 representatives with equal representation from each party. The bill
specifies the issues the interim committee must consider.
The interim committee will contract with a qualified third-party
vendor to study approaches to better measure student economic
disadvantage in Colorado in addition to or in lieu of using eligibility for
the federal school lunch program as a proxy for at-risk students.
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Bill: HB21-1326
Title: 2020-21 General Fund Transfer Support Department Of Natural Resources Programs
Bill Subject- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning 2020-21 state fiscal year transfers from the general fund to support outdoor recreation, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
T. Story (D)
House:
B. McLachlan (D)
P. Will (R)
Summary

In the 2020-21 state fiscal year, the bill transfers $25 million from
the general fund as follows:
  • Section 1 transfers $750,000 to the Colorado avalanche
information center fund for use by the Colorado avalanche
information center in the department of natural resources

(department) to support backcountry avalanche safety
programs;
  • Section 2 transfers $3.5 million to the wildlife cash fund
for use by the division of parks and wildlife (division) in
the department to implement its statewide wildlife action
plan and the conservation of native species;
  • Section 3 transfers $2.25 million to the search and rescue
fund for use by the department of local affairs in
consultation with the division to support backcountry
search and rescue efforts;
  • Section 4 transfers $1 million to the outdoor equity fund
for use by the division to implement the outdoor equity
grant program; and
  • Section 5 transfers $17.5 million to the parks and outdoor
recreation cash fund for use by the division as follows:
  • $3.5 million for staffing and maintenance projects;
and
  • $14 million for infrastructure and state park
development projects.
Section 6 appropriates the amounts transferred in sections 1 to 5
to the department and the department of local affairs for the uses
specified in sections 1 to 5 and authorizes the use of the money through
the 2023-24 state fiscal year.

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Bill: HB21-1327
Title: State And Local Tax Parity Act For Businesses
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning the authority of a pass-through business entity to elect to pay state income taxes at the entity level, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Woodward (R)
C. Kolker (D)
House:
K. Van Winkle (R)
D. Ortiz (D)
Summary

The 2017 federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act placed a cap of $10,000
on the amount of state and local taxes paid that an individual can deduct
on their federal taxes. This limitation did not apply to C corporations.
Consequently, businesses organized as pass-through entities like S
corporations and partnerships pay increased taxes on business profits
compared to C corporations because pass-through entities pay taxes on

business profits at the individual (partner or shareholder) level.
For income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2022, the
bill allows pass-through entities to elect to pay their state income tax at
the entity level so that the pass-through entity can claim an unlimited
deduction at the federal level of state and local taxes paid.
While this reduces federal taxable income for the pass-through
entity, it does not reduce Colorado taxable income because, under current
law, the individual and the partnership are required to add back any state
and local taxes deducted at the federal level.

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Bill: HB21-1328
Title: Effective Date Of Senate Bill 20-123
Bill Subject- Higher Education
DescriptionConcerning the effective date of Senate Bill 20-123.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Priola (R)
R. Fields (D)
House:
K. Van Winkle (R)
L. Herod (D)
Summary

During the 2020 regular legislative session, the general assembly
enacted Senate Bill 20-123 concerning the rights of college athletes, and
in connection therewith, establishing their right to receive compensation
for the use of their names, images, and likenesses and their right to obtain
professional and legal representation. The governor subsequently signed
Senate Bill 20-123 into law.
Senate Bill 20-123 was enacted with an effective date of January
1, 2023. The bill changes this effective date to July 1, 2021.

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Bill: HB21-1329
Title: American Rescue Plan Act Money To Invest Affordable Housing
Bill Subject- State Government
DescriptionConcerning the use of money the state receives from the federal government under the "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021" to make investments in housing to assist persons disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency facing housing insecurity, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
C. Holbert (R)
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
S. Woodrow (D)
Summary

The federal government enacted the American Rescue Plan Act
of 2021 (federal act) to provide support to state, local, and tribal

governments in responding to the impact of COVID-19 and to assist them
in their efforts to contain the effects of COVID-19 on their communities,
residents, and businesses. Under the federal act, the state of Colorado
receives over $500 million to address the housing needs of populations,
households, or geographic areas disproportionately affected by the
COVID-19 public health emergency.
The bill creates the affordable housing and home ownership cash
fund (fund) in the state treasury. To respond to the public health
emergency with respect to COVID-19 or its negative economic impacts,
the bill authorizes the general assembly to appropriate money from the
fund to a department for programs or services that benefit populations,
households, or geographic areas disproportionately impacted by the
COVID-19 public health emergency, focusing on programs or services
that address housing insecurity, lack of affordable housing, or
homelessness.
Three days after the effective date of the bill, the state treasurer is
required to transfer $550 million from the American Rescue Plan Act of
2021 cash fund to the fund.
The bill requires the executive committee of the legislative
council, by resolution, to create a task force to meet during the 2021
interim and issue a report with recommendations to the general assembly
and the governor on policies to create transformative change in the area
of housing using money the state receives from the federal act. The task
force may include nonlegislative members and have working groups
created to assist them.
For the 2021-22 state fiscal year, the bill appropriates $100 million
to the department of local affairs for use by the division of housing
(division). This appropriation is from the fund. To implement the bill, the
division may use the appropriation for programs and services that provide
gap financing for projects financed through the housing investment trust
fund or the housing development grant fund to assist populations,
households, or geographic areas disproportionately affected by the
COVID-19 public health emergency in order to obtain affordable housing
by the acquisition, construction, or renovation of affordable housing
projects or land acquisition, thus enabling individuals and families to
relocate to neighborhoods with high levels of economic opportunity and
reducing concentrated areas of low economic opportunity.

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Bill: HB21-1330
Title: Higher Education Student Success
Bill Subject- Higher Education
DescriptionConcerning measures to support student success in obtaining postsecondary credentials, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (06/08/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Zenzinger (D)
B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House:
N. Ricks (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Summary

Section 1: Legislative declaration. The bill explains why
appropriating money to the Colorado opportunity scholarship initiative
(COSI) and to the department of higher education (department) for
programs to incentivize students to re-enroll and complete postsecondary
credentials and degrees, and for a grant program to assist students in
completing applications for financial assistance, are appropriate and

lawful uses of a portion of the money the state receives pursuant to the
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).
Sections 2 through 5: Distribution of federal money to support
student success. Beginning with the 2021-22 state fiscal year, the bill
directs the COSI advisory board to allocate to public institutions of higher
education (institution) an amount appropriated to the COSI fund from
money received pursuant to ARPA. To receive a distribution of its
allocation, an institution must submit a student assistance plan (plan)
explaining how the institution will use the money to provide financial
assistance and support services to students who have some postsecondary
credits but stopped attending before obtaining a credential, and first-time
students who were admitted to an institution for the 2019-20 or 2020-21
academic year but did not enroll for the 2020-21 academic year. The
provision of financial assistance and support services is designed to
decrease student debt and increase student enrollment, retention, and
completion of credentials. The COSI advisory board must review each
plan based on specified criteria and may require changes to a plan before
approving a distribution. At the end of the fiscal year, each institution
must submit a report of how it used the money and the results achieved.
The COSI director must include the information in the report that the
board annually prepares. The program to distribute the federal money in
this manner is repealed July 1, 2026.
The bill creates the student aid applications completion grant
program (grant program) in COSI. A school district, a charter school, or
a board of cooperative services that operates a high school (local
education provider) that chooses to apply for a grant must require the
students enrolled by the local education provider to complete the free
application for federal student aid and the Colorado application for state
financial aid (student aid applications) before high school graduation,
unless waived under conditions specified by the local education provider.
The bill specifies the contents of the application and requires the COSI
board to review the applications and approve the grant awards to be paid
from an amount appropriated to the COSI fund in the bill. Each grant
recipient must submit an annual report concerning use of the grant
money, and the COSI board must include a summary report in the annual
report that the COSI board submits to the education committees of the
general assembly. The grant program is repealed July 1, 2026.
Section 6: Colorado re-engaged (CORE) initiative. The bill
creates the Colorado re-engaged (CORE) initiative within the department
to award an associate degree to an eligible student who enrolls in a
baccalaureate degree program at a 4-year institution and earns at least 70
credit hours, but stops attending before attaining the degree. The bill
specifies the role of the department in implementing the CORE initiative
and the role of an institution that chooses to participate in the CORE
initiative. Each institution that chooses to participate in the CORE
initiative must annually submit to the department a report concerning
implementation of the CORE initiative. The department must review and
compile the reports and submit a summary report to the education
committees of the general assembly.
Sections 7 through 12: Bachelor of applied science degree
programs. The bill repeals the requirement that a community college or
a local district college must receive approval from the Colorado
commission on higher education (commission) to offer a bachelor of
applied science degree program. A community college or a local district
college that seeks to offer a bachelor of applied science degree program
must apply to its governing board, and the governing board may approve
the program based on specified criteria. If a governing board approves a
bachelor of applied science degree program, the governing board must
notify the commission. The bill repeals the criteria the commission must
apply in approving a bachelor's degree program for a local district
college.
Section 13: Study of role and mission and workforce
development. The bill directs the commission to convene a task force to:
  • Review the role and mission and service area of each state
institution of higher education, local district college, and
area technical college;
  • The interaction between the institutions, the local district
colleges, the area technical colleges, and the state work
force development council in supporting and improving
workforce development; and
  • Review and make recommendations concerning uses of
ARPA money for assistance for populations
disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 public
health emergency that addresses or mitigates the impacts of
the public health emergency on educational disparities.
The bill describes the membership of the task force and the issues
the task force must address. By December 15, 2021, the task force must
submit a report of findings and recommendations to the commission and
to the education committees of the general assembly. The department
must post the report on the department's website.
Section 14: Completion of student aid applications. The bill
creates within the department a working group appointed by the governor
to recommend strategies for increasing the student completion rate for the
student aid applications. The working group must submit its
recommendations to the commission, the state board of education, the
joint budget committee, and the education committees of the general
assembly by January 15, 2022.
Section 15: Classification for in-state tuition. The bill allows the
governing board of an institution to classify a qualified person as an
in-state student, for tuition purposes only, if the qualified person moves
to the state to accept employment, the employer is paying the qualified
person's tuition, and the qualified person demonstrates the intent to
establish permanent domicile in the state. The qualified person is not
eligible to receive the state stipend for the first year of enrollment.

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Bill: HB21-HJR1002
Title: Water Projects Eligibility Lists
Bill SubjectNone
DescriptionConcerning approval of water project revolving fund eligibility lists administered by the Colorado water resources and power development authority.
StatusGovernor Signed (03/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Donovan (D)
House:
Summary

CONCERNING APPROVAL OF WATER PROJECT REVOLVING FUND
ELIGIBILITY LISTS ADMINISTERED BY THE COLORADO WATER
RESOURCES AND POWER DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.

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Bill: SB21-001
Title: Modify COVID-19 Relief Programs For Small Business
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
DescriptionConcerning modifications to programs enacted to provide relief to certain businesses impacted by severe capacity restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
StatusGovernor Signed (01/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
K. Priola (R)
D. Coram (R)
K. Donovan (D)
F. Winter (D)
House:
L. Herod (D)
S. Bird (D)
S. Sandridge (R)
Summary

The bill moves the COVID-19 relief program for minority-owned
businesses from the minority business office to the Colorado office of
economic development and expands the scope of the program to allow
relief payments, grants, loans, and technical assistance and consulting
support to small businesses disproportionately impacted by the

COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally, the bill extends the deadlines for allocating and
distributing relief payments under the small business relief program.

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Bill: SB21-002
Title: Extending Limitations On Debt Collection Actions
Bill Subject- Courts & Judicial
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning modification of the limitations on certain debt collection actions enacted in Senate Bill 20-211.
StatusGovernor Signed (01/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
F. Winter (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House:
L. Herod (D)
Summary

The bill extends the time in which debtors experiencing financial
hardship due to the COVID-19 emergency may have extraordinary debt
collection actions suspended. Currently, the law requires a judgment
creditor (creditor) to provide a notice to a judgment debtor (debtor) before
instituting an extraordinary debt collection action, which includes an
action in the nature of a garnishment, attachment, levy, or execution to

collect or enforce a judgment. The debtor may suspend the collection
action by notifying the creditor that the debtor is experiencing financial
hardship due to COVID-19. The obligation to provide notice and the
suspension of the collection action are effective through February 1,
2021. The bill extends the effective period for the notice and the
suspension to June 1, 2021. If a collection action has already been
suspended by the debtor, the creditor is required to notify the debtor that
the suspension is now effective through June 1, 2021.
In addition, under current law, up to $4,000 cumulative in a
depository account or accounts in a debtor's name is exempt from levy
and sale under a writ of attachment or execution through February 1,
2021. The bill extends that date to June 1, 2021.

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Bill: SB21-003
Title: Recreate Occupational Therapy Practice Act
Bill Subject- Professions & Occupations
DescriptionConcerning the recreation and reenactment, with amendments, of the "Occupational Therapy Practice Act", and, in connection therewith, reestablishing the licensing functions of the director of the division of professions and occupations in the department of regulatory agencies regarding occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants.
StatusGovernor Signed (01/21/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
C. Holbert (R)
R. Fields (D)
House:
C. Larson (R)
D. Ortiz (D)
Summary


The bill recreates, with amendments, the Occupational Therapy
Practice Act (Act), which repealed September 1, 2020. Specifically, the
bill:
  • Recreates and extends the Act for 9 years, until 2030;
  • Modifies the legislative declaration and definitions related
to the scope of practice of occupational therapy;
  • Designates occupational therapy consultant, M.O.T.,
M.O.T./L., occupational therapy assistant, O.T.A.,
and C.O.T.A. as protected titles and clarifies that
individuals who legally practice temporarily as
occupational therapists in Colorado may use protected
titles;
  • Reorders and amends certain provisions concerning
examinations and applications for licensure by
occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants;
  • Adds certain prohibited behaviors as grounds for
discipline; and
  • Removes obsolete language.

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Bill: SB21-004
Title: Jurisdiction Over Pueblo Chemical Depot
Bill Subject- Local Government
- Military & Veterans
DescriptionConcerning concurrent legislative jurisdiction over real property constituting the United States Army Pueblo chemical depot.
StatusGovernor Signed (04/20/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
L. Garcia (D)
C. Simpson (R)
House:
D. Esgar (D)
S. Luck (R)
Summary

The bill creates concurrent legislative jurisdiction between the
state of Colorado and the United States over specified real property
constituting the United States Army Pueblo chemical depot.

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Bill: SB21-006
Title: Human Remains Natural Reduction Soil
Bill Subject- Natural Resources & Environment
- Professions & Occupations
DescriptionConcerning the conversion of human remains to basic elements within a container using an accelerated process, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/10/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Rodriguez (D)
House:
B. Titone (D)
M. Soper (R)
Summary

The bill authorizes human remains to be converted to soil using a
container that accelerates the process of biological decomposition, also
known as natural reduction. The bill prohibits the following when done

in the course of business:
  • Selling or offering to sell the soil;
  • Commingling the soil of more than one person without the
consent of the person or persons with the right of final
disposition unless the soil is abandoned;
  • Commingling the human remains of more than one person
without the consent of the person or persons with the right
of final disposition within the container wherein natural
reduction produces soil; or
  • Using the soil to grow food for human consumption.
Current law has various provisions that deal with burial,
cremation, interment, and entombment. In connection with authorizing
natural reduction, the bill replaces these terms with the phrase final
disposition, which term is defined to include natural reduction. The
following types of provisions are updated to reflect the option to use
natural reduction:
  • Life insurance statutes;
  • Preneed funeral insurance contracts;
  • The Mortuary Science Code;
  • Funeral picketing statutes;
  • Litigation damages;
  • The Colorado Probate Code;
  • The Disposition of Last Remains Act;
  • The Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act;
  • Missing person reports for unidentified human remains;
  • Public peace and order statutes;
  • Vital statistics statutes;
  • The Colorado Public Assistance Act; and
  • Firefighter pension plans.
Natural reduction is added to the statutes that regulate funeral
establishments, and this addition will result in the regulation of the natural
reduction process. But the definitions of cremation and mortuary
science practitioner are amended so that a practitioner of natural
reduction is not regulated as a cremationist or mortuary science
practitioner.
Current law has a provision that governs the disposal of abandoned
cremated remains. The soil from natural reduction is added to this
provision, with an option to return the soil to the earth in a respectful
manner.

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Bill: SB21-008
Title: Remove Junior From Certain College Names
Bill Subject- Higher Education
DescriptionConcerning removing the word "junior" from the name of certain colleges.
StatusGovernor Signed (05/18/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
C. Simpson (R)
House:
D. Valdez (D)
R. Holtorf (R)
Summary

The bill changes the names of the following colleges:
  • Trinidad state junior college to Trinidad state college;
  • Otero junior college to Otero college; and
  • Northeastern junior college to Northeastern college.

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Bill: SB21-009
Title: Reproductive Health Care Program
Bill Subject- Human Services
- Public Health
DescriptionConcerning the creation of a reproductive health care program, and, in connection therewith, providing contraceptive methods and counseling services to participants and making an appropriation.
StatusSent to the Governor (06/10/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
House:
Y. Caraveo (D)
Summary

The bill creates the reproductive health care program that provides
contraceptive methods and counseling services to participants.

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Bill: SB21-011
Title: Pharmacist Prescribe Dispense Opiate Antagonist
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Professions & Occupations
DescriptionConcerning responsibilities of a pharmacist related to opiate antagonists.
StatusGovernor Signed (06/04/2021)
Sponsors (House and Senate)Senate:
R. Fields (D)
House:
K. Mullica (D)
R. Pelton (R)
Summary

The bill authorizes a pharmacist to prescribe an opiate antagonist.

The bill requires a pharmacist who dispenses an opioid to an
individual to inform the individual of the potential dangers of a high dose
of opioid and offer to prescribe the individual an opiate antagonist if:
  • In the pharmacist's professional judgment, the individual
would benefit from the information;
  • The individual has a history of prior opioid overdose or
substance use disorder;
  • The individual is