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HB18-1001 FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/30/2018) Bill History

Concerning the creation of a family and medical leave insurance program.

01/10/2018Fiscal Notes (04/27/2018)Full Text of Bill- Labor & Employment
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsState, Veterans, and Military AffairsBusiness Affairs & LaborR. Fields (D)
K. Donovan (D)
F. Winter (D)
M. Gray (D)

The bill creates the family and medical leave insurance (FAMLI)
program in the division of family and medical leave insurance (division)
in the department of labor and employment to provide partial
wage-replacement benefits to an eligible individual who takes leave from
work to care for a new child or a family member with a serious health
condition or who is unable to work due to the individual's own serious

health condition.
Each employee in the state will pay a premium determined by the
director of the division by rule, which premium is based on a percentage
of the employee's yearly wages and must not initially exceed .99%. The
premiums are deposited into the family and medical leave insurance fund
from which family and medical leave benefits are paid to eligible
individuals. The director may also impose a solvency surcharge by rule
if determined necessary to ensure the soundness of the fund. The division
is established as an enterprise, and premiums paid into the fund are not
considered state revenues for purposes of the taxpayer's bill of rights
(TABOR).

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HB18-1030 Prohibit Discrimination Labor Union Participation House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (01/24/2018) Bill History

Concerning the prohibition of discrimination against employees based on labor union participation.

01/10/2018Fiscal Notes (01/12/2018)Full Text of Bill- Labor & Employment
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsState, Veterans, & Military AffairsT. Neville (R)J. Everett (R)

The bill prohibits an employer from requiring any person, as a
condition of employment, to become or remain a member of a labor
organization or to pay dues, fees, or other assessments to a labor
organization or to a charity organization or other third party in lieu of the
labor organization. Any agreement that violates these prohibitions or the
rights of an employee is void.

The bill creates civil and criminal penalties for violations and
authorizes the attorney general and the district attorney in each judicial
district to investigate alleged violations and take action against a person
believed to be in violation. The bill states that all-union agreements are
unfair labor practices.

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HB18-1033 Employee Leave To Participate In Elections Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/28/2018) Bill History

Concerning the time in which employees are entitled to take leave to participate in elections.

01/10/2018Fiscal Notes (06/07/2018)Full Text of Bill- Elections & Redistricting
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsState, Veterans, and Military AffairsState, Veterans, & Military AffairsD. Coram (R)M. Weissman (D)

Currently, an employee may take leave for a period of time to vote
in an election on the day of the election. The bill allows an employee to
take leave to vote, register to vote, obtain a ballot or replacement ballot,
or obtain documents or identification necessary to vote or register. For a
general, primary, or coordinated election, the bill allows an employee to
take the leave on any day that polling locations are open. For all other

elections, the bill allows the employee to take the leave on any day during
the 8 days prior to and including the day of the election. An employer
may deny a request for leave if the employee has 3 consecutive hours in
which he or she is not scheduled to work during the hours the employee
is entitled to take the leave.

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HB18-1034 Career And Technical Education Capital Grant Program House Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (05/07/2018) Bill History

Concerning creation of a grant program for capital costs relating to career and technical education.

01/10/2018Fiscal Notes (06/12/2018)Full Text of Bill- Higher Education
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsEducationK. Priola (R)P. Covarrubias (R)
H. McKean (R)

The bill creates the career and technical education capital grant
program (program) in the department of labor and employment. The state
work force development council (state council) will award grants through
the program to area technical colleges, school districts, and community
colleges to use for equipment, or construction and maintenance of
buildings, related to career and technical education. In awarding grants,

the state council will prioritize applicants from rural areas of the state and
consider each applicant's demonstrated need. For each year in which it
awards grants, the state council must publish a report that identifies the
grant recipients and how the grant money was used.

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HB18-1036 Reduce Business Personal Property Taxes House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/01/2018) Bill History

Concerning the reduction of business personal property taxes.

01/10/2018Fiscal Notes (01/31/2018)Full Text of Bill- Local Government
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsState, Veterans, & Military AffairsT. Neville (R)T. Leonard (R)

There is currently an exemption from property tax for business
personal property that would otherwise be listed on a single personal
property schedule that is equal to $7,400 for the current property tax year
cycle. The bill raises the exemption to $50,000 commencing in tax year
2018, and continues to adjust it for inflation for subsequent property tax
cycles, so that businesses with personal property under $50,000, or the

inflation adjusted amount, would not have to file the business personal
property tax forms nor pay the corresponding tax.
The bill also raises the value of business personal property that
qualifies for an exemption for consumable property from $350, which is
the value set by the property tax administrator, to $500.

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HB18-1042 Private Interstate Commercial Vehicle Registration Governor Signed (06/06/2018) Bill History

Concerning the creation of a program to authorize private providers to register commercial vehicles as Class A personal property.

01/10/2018Fiscal Notes (03/22/2018)Full Text of Bill- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsTransportationTransportation & EnergyR. Scott (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
J. Becker (R)
J. Ginal (D)

Transportation Legislation Review Committee. The bill creates
the expedited registration program (program). The program authorizes the
department of revenue to promulgate rules authorizing private providers
to register interstate commercial vehicles. The provider may collect and
retain a convenience fee.

The bill requires the program to:
  • Operate efficiently;
  • Result in overall cost savings to the state by providing
additional services or by increasing the speed or quality of
service; and
  • Register commercial vehicles and collect taxes and fees in
compliance with state law.
To qualify, a private provider must:
  • Be approved by the department;
  • Use appropriate software approved by the department; and
  • Submit evidence of financial responsibility.
The department may deny, suspend, or revoke the authority to be
a provider if the provider violates the law, makes a material misstatement
in an application, or fails to perform.

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HB18-1069 Reclaimed Water Use For Toilet Flushing Governor Signed (04/30/2018) Bill History

Concerning the allowable uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater, and, in connection therewith, allowing reclaimed domestic wastewater to be used for toilet flushing.

01/10/2018Fiscal Notes (07/11/2018)Full Text of Bill- Public Health
- Water
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsAgriculture, Natural Resources, and EnergyAgriculture, Livestock and Natural ResourcesD. Coram (R)D. Thurlow (R)
J. Arndt (D)

The bill codifies rules promulgated by the water quality control
commission (commission) of the Colorado department of public health
and environment concerning allowable uses of reclaimed domestic

wastewater, which is wastewater that has been treated for subsequent
reuses other than drinking water.
Section 3 of the bill defines 3 categories of water quality standards
for reclaimed domestic wastewater, sets forth the allowable uses for each
water quality standard category, and adds toilet and urinal flushing in
multifamily residential and nonresidential structures as allowable uses for
reclaimed domestic wastewater. Section 3 also authorizes the commission
to establish new categories of water quality standards and to recategorize
any use of reclaimed domestic wastewater to a less stringent category of
water quality standard. Section 3 also authorizes the division of
administration in the department of public health and environment to
grant variances for uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater.
Sections 1, 2, and 4 make conforming amendments.

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HB18-1106 Minimum Wage Requirement Waiver House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (01/24/2018) Bill History

Concerning the ability to waive minimum wage requirements.

 

01/18/2018Fiscal Notes (01/23/2018)Full Text of Bill- Labor & Employment
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsState, Veterans, & Military AffairsD. Williams (R)

Current law establishes and requires an annual adjustment of the
minimum wage for certain employees. The bill allows an applicant for
employment or an employee to negotiate a different wage that is
agreeable to the employer and the applicant or employee. The bill requires
employers to post a notice of the right to negotiate wages.

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HB18-1113 Small Business Regulatory Reform House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/14/2018) Bill History

Concerning state agency requirements for the enforcement of new regulatory requirements on small businesses, and, in connection therewith, enacting the 'Regulatory Reform Act of 2018'.

01/19/2018Fiscal Notes (02/09/2018)Full Text of Bill- Business & Economic Development
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsState, Veterans, & Military AffairsT. Neville (R)
V. Marble (R)
P. Neville (R)

The bill enacts the Regulatory Reform Act of 2018. Section 2 of
the bill makes legislative declarations about the importance of businesses
with 100 or fewer employees to the Colorado economy and the difficulty

these types of businesses have in complying with new administrative rules
that are not known or understood by these businesses.
Section 3 defines new rule as any regulatory requirement in
existence for less than one year prior to its enforcement by a state agency,
and minor violation as any violation of a new rule by a business with
100 or fewer employees where the violation is minor in nature, involving
record-keeping or other issues that do not affect the safety of the public.
Section 3 provides exceptions from the definition of minor violation for
certain types of rules.
For the first minor violation of a new rule by a business of 100 or
fewer employees, section 4 requires a state agency to issue a written
warning and engage the business in educational outreach as to the
methods of complying with the new rule. Section 3 requires state agencies
to make information on new rules available and allows this information
to be made available in electronic form.

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HB18-1119 Highway Building & Maintenance Funding House Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (02/21/2018) Bill History

Concerning sustainable rural highway building and maintenance funding, and, in connection therewith, requiring a specified percentage of net revenue generated by the existing state sales and use tax to be credited to the state highway fund; requiring the transportation commission to submit to the voters of the state at the November 2018 general election a ballot question, which, if approved, will, without raising taxes, authorize the state to issue transportation revenue anticipation notes for the purpose of funding the construction of specified high-priority highway projects, will require all of the notes to be issued and projects commenced within three years of the notes being authorized, will exclude note proceeds and investment earnings on note proceeds from state fiscal year spending limits, and will repeal an existing requirement that the state treasurer execute lease-purchase agreements for the purpose of funding transportation projects; and requiring the sales and use tax net revenue credited to the state highway fund to be used to repay any notes issued and to fund maintenance on qualified federal aid highways.

01/19/2018Fiscal Notes (02/16/2018)Full Text of Bill- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsTransportation & EnergyT. Neville (R)T. Leonard (R)

Section 9 of the bill requires the transportation commission
(commission) to submit a ballot question to the voters of the state at the
November 2018 statewide election which, if approved:
  • Will require the executive director of the department of
transportation (CDOT) to issue transportation revenue
anticipation notes (TRANs) in a maximum principal
amount of $3.5 billion and with a maximum repayment cost
of $5 billion; and
  • Will, in conjunction with sections 3, 4, and 7, repeal
current law, enacted by Senate Bill 17-267, that requires
the state treasurer to execute lease-purchase agreements of
up to $1.88 billion for the purpose of funding high-priority
qualified federal aid transportation projects.
The executive director must issue at least one-third of the TRANs
within one year of the date of the official declaration of the vote on the
ballot issue by the governor, issue at least two-thirds of the TRANs
within 2 years of that date, and issue all of the TRANs within 3 years of
that date. The additional TRANs must have a maximum repayment term
of 20 years, and the certificate, trust indenture, or other instrument
authorizing their issuance must provide that the state may pay them in full
before the end of the specified payment term without penalty. TRANs
must otherwise generally be issued subject to the same requirements as
the TRANs issued in 1999; except that the commission must pledge to
annually allocate from legally available money under its control any
money needed for payment of TRANs until the TRANs are fully repaid.
Section 10 requires TRANs net proceeds not otherwise pledged
for TRANs payments to be credited to the state highway fund and
expended by CDOT only for qualified federal aid highway projects as
described in section 6. CDOT may expend no more than 10% of the net
proceeds for the administration and engineering of the projects being
funded with the net proceeds.
On and after July 1, 2018, section 5 requires 7.5% of state sales
and use tax net revenue to be credited to the state highway fund and used
first to make TRANs payments. Section 6 requires state sales and use tax
net revenue credited to the state highway fund that is not expended to
make TRANs payments to be expended only for maintenance of qualified
federal aid highways and requires TRANs net proceeds credited to the
state highway fund to be expended only for qualified federal aid highway
projects included in the strategic transportation project investment
program of CDOT and designated for tier 1 funding as 10-year
development program projects on CDOT's development program project
list.
If the voters of the state approve the issuance of TRANs, CDOT
is required to ensure that construction of one-third of the projects
commences within one year of the date of the official declaration of the
vote on the ballot issue by the governor, to ensure that construction of
two-thirds of the projects commences within 2 years of that date, and
ensure that construction of all of the projects commences within 3 years
of that date. Section 7 requires CDOT to include specified information
about the state sales and use tax net revenue and TRANs net proceeds in
its annual report to the senate transportation committee and the house
transportation and energy committee.

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HB18-1195 Tax Credit Contributions Organizations Affordable Housing Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/07/2018) Bill History

Concerning the creation of a credit against the state income tax to promote contributions to nonprofit organizations engaged in the development of affordable housing for home ownership.

02/05/2018Fiscal Notes (05/07/2018)Full Text of Bill- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsState, Veterans, and Military AffairsFinanceJ. Tate (R)D. Pabon (D)
J. Bridges (D)

For income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2019, but
prior to January 1, 2030, the bill creates a state income tax credit for a
donation of cash or securities a taxpayer makes to an eligible developer

to be used solely for the costs associated with an eligible project.
The bill defines eligible developer to mean, in part, a nonprofit
community-based home ownership development organization that
satisfies specified requirements relating to its background in the field of
housing development and is developing or plans to develop the eligible
project that is or will be receiving the donations for which the tax credits
may be claimed. The bill defines eligible project to mean the
development of new residential housing for home ownership consisting
of one or more residential units constructed for sale to a buyer whose
median income is 120% or less of the area median income and for which
each unit sold is to be preserved as affordable housing by means of a
specified deed restriction. In order to be designated as an eligible
developer authorized to accept donations, a nonprofit community-based
home ownership development organization must satisfy certain criteria
as created and evaluated by the Colorado housing and finance authority
(authority).
The amount of the credit allowed by the bill is 50% of the amount
of the money or the value of the securities donated to the eligible
developer as documented in a form and manner acceptable to the
department of revenue (department); except that the aggregate amount of
the credit awarded to any one taxpayer under the bill is limited to
$250,000 in any one income tax year.
The aggregate amount of tax credits certified is limited to $20
million for each of the January 1, 2020, through the January 1, 2029, tax
years.
If the amount of the credit allowed exceeds the amount of the
taxpayer's income tax liability in the income tax year for which the credit
is being claimed, the amount of the credit not used as an offset against
income taxes in such income tax year is not allowed as a refund but may
be carried forward and applied against the income tax due in each of the
5 succeeding income tax years, but must first be applied against the
income tax due for the earliest of the income tax years possible.
A tax credit allowed by the bill is neither transferable nor
assignable to any other taxpayer.
In order to claim the credit, the donation the taxpayer provides to
obtain the credit must be accepted by the eligible developer to whom it
has been given and certified by the authority. The authority is required to
certify each donation. The authority completes certification by providing
a certificate to the taxpayer in a format acceptable to the department
evidencing that the certification requirements of the bill have been met.
The authority is permitted to charge and collect an administrative fee
from each applicant to recover program administration costs and
expenses.
A taxpayer claiming the credit must submit, maintain, and record
any information that the department may require by rule regarding the
taxpayer's donation to the eligible developer, including the certificate
received from the authority. A taxpayer is required to electronically file
with the department the certificate the taxpayer receives from the
authority.
The tax credit is repealed, effective July 1, 2040.

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HB18-1250 Analysis To Improve Compliance With Rules By Businesses. Governor Signed (05/03/2018) Bill History

Concerning an analysis to improve compliance with departmental rules by regulated businesses.

02/21/2018Fiscal Notes (03/28/2018)Full Text of Bill- State Government
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsBusiness, Labor and TechnologyBusiness Affairs & LaborK. Priola (R)T. Kraft-Tharp (D)
L. Sias (R)

The bill requires each state agency to conduct an analysis of
noncompliance with its rules to identify rules with the greatest frequency
of noncompliance, rules that generate the greatest amount of fines, how
many first-time offenders were given the opportunity to cure a minor
violation, and what factors contribute to noncompliance by regulated
businesses. The analysis will guide each department on how to improve

its education and outreach to regulated businesses on compliance with the
department's rules. Each state agency is required to forward that analysis
to the department of regulatory agencies, which shall compile and
summarize those analyses into one combined analysis of noncompliance
to be presented at the department of regulatory agencies' State
Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART)
Government Act hearing.

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HB18-1261 Colorado Arbitration Fairness Act Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/18/2018) Bill History

Concerning the "Colorado Arbitration Fairness Act".

02/26/2018Fiscal Notes (05/22/2018)Full Text of Bill- Civil Law
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsState, Veterans, and Military AffairsJudiciaryD. Kagan (D)M. Weissman (D)

The bill applies to certain consumer and employment arbitrations
and:
  • Establishes ethical standards for arbitrators;
  • Specifies that any party may challenge in court the
impartiality of an arbitrator or arbitration services provider;
  • Requires specified disclosures by arbitrators and arbitration
services providers; and
  • Authorizes injunctive relief against an arbitrator or

arbitration services provider who engages in certain
specified acts.

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HB18-1262 Arbitration Services Provider Transparency Act Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/18/2018) Bill History

Concerning the "Arbitration Services Provider Transparency Act".

02/26/2018Fiscal Notes (05/23/2018)Full Text of Bill- Civil Law
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsState, Veterans, and Military AffairsJudiciaryD. Kagan (D)D. Jackson (D)
D. Roberts (D)

The bill requires arbitration services providers that administer
consumer or employment arbitrations to collect, publish, and make
available specified information on those arbitrations administered in the
previous 5 years. The bill amends a provision of the uniform arbitration
act to make the bill effective.

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HB18-1278 Apprentice Utilization In Public Projects Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/16/2018) Bill History

Concerning a requirement that contractors for public projects over five hundred thousand dollars that are not funded using federal money use apprentices for the parts of the project that are performed by workers in an apprenticeable occupation.

03/07/2018Fiscal Notes (05/23/2018)Full Text of Bill- Business & Economic Development
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsState, Veterans, and Military AffairsBusiness Affairs & LaborD. Moreno (D)A. Benavidez (D)

The bill requires the contractor for any public project that does not
receive any federal money to use apprentices registered with an

apprenticeship program for at least 25% of the workforce in an
apprenticeable occupation that is hired to work on the public project
(apprenticeship requirements). The apprenticeship program must be
registered with the United States department of labor, office of
apprenticeship. For purposes of the bill, a public project is a project under
the supervision of any state agency, including the department of
transportation, that is likely to cost $500,000 or more in any fiscal year.
A government agency may consider a bid or proposal for a public
project that does not receive any federal money only if the bid or proposal
indicates that at least 25% of the project workforce that is in an
apprenticeable occupation and that is hired by the contractor to work on
the public project will be apprentices registered with an apprenticeship
program.
Upon completion of a public project, the contractor is required to
submit an affidavit to the government agency stating that the contractor
has either complied with the apprenticeship requirements or has made a
good faith effort to comply. If the contractor complied with the
apprenticeship requirements, the affidavit must include the names of the
registered apprentices, identify the specific apprenticeship programs with
which the apprentices are registered, and specify the total number of
people in the workforce for the public project who are in apprenticeable
occupations. If the contractor did not comply with the apprenticeship
requirements, the affidavit must include documentation of the contractor's
good faith effort to comply. If the contractor fails to submit the affidavit
or if the state agency finds that the affidavit does not reflect the
contractor's compliance or good faith effort to comply with the
apprenticeship requirements, the agency may retain any unallocated
portion of the amount of the contract price that the agency is authorized
to withhold until the contract is completed as liquidated damages.
The bill specifies that the apprenticeship requirements do not
supersede existing statutory requirements for licensed apprenticeable
occupations.

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HB18-1298 Colorado Secure Savings Plan Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/01/2018) Bill History

Concerning the creation of the Colorado secure savings plan.

03/16/2018Fiscal Notes (04/30/2018)Full Text of Bill- State Government
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsState, Veterans, and Military AffairsBusiness Affairs & LaborN. Todd (D)
K. Donovan (D)
B. Pettersen (D)
J. Bridges (D)

The bill establishes the Colorado secure savings plan (plan), which
is a retirement savings plan for private-sector employees in the form of
an automatic enrollment payroll deduction individual retirement account.
Employers with a specified number of employees in the state are required
to participate in the plan, but any employer may choose to participate in
the plan.

The Colorado secure savings plan board of trustees (board) is
created and consists of the state controller, the director of the governor's
office of state planning and budgeting, and 7 additional trustees with
certain experience who are appointed by the governor and confirmed by
the senate. The trustees on the board have a fiduciary duty to the plan's
enrollees and beneficiaries and are required to:
  • Establish investment options that offer employees returns
on contributions without incurring debt or liabilities to the
state;
  • Establish the process for allocating investment earnings
and losses to individual plan accounts on a pro rata basis;
  • Make and enter into contracts and hire staff as necessary
for the administration of the plan;
  • Conduct a periodic review of the performance of any
investment vendors;
  • Cause money in the Colorado secure savings plan fund
(fund) to be invested with the intent to achieve cost savings
through efficiencies and economies of scale;
  • Establish the process for an enrollee to contribute a portion
of his or her wages to the plan for automatic deposit and
establish the process by which the participating employer
forwards those contributions to the plan;
  • Establish the process for enrollment in the plan including
the process by which an employee can opt not to participate
in the plan;
  • Accept gifts, grants, and donations from specified entities
and pursue options for bank loans or a line of credit to
cover the start-up costs of the plan;
  • Procure, as needed, insurance against loss in connection
with the property, assets, or activities of the plan;
  • Allocate administrative fees to individual retirement
accounts in the plan on a pro rata basis;
  • Set minimum and maximum contribution levels;
  • Facilitate education and outreach to employers and
employees;
  • Ensure that the plan complies with all applicable state and
federal laws;
  • Deposit all gifts, grants, donations, fees, and earnings from
investment of money in the fund into the fund and pay the
administrative costs and expenses for the creation,
management, and operation of the plan from money in the
fund;
  • Determine any nominal and reasonable assistance that may
be provided to businesses to offset the initial costs of
enrolling employees in the plan and complying with audits
and plan implementation;
  • Prepare or cause to be prepared certain annual audits and
annual reports regarding the plan;
  • Develop a process to ensure that employers are in
compliance with the requirements of the plan and develop
a penalty structure for employers who fail, without
reasonable cause, to enroll employees in the plan;
  • Conduct or cause to be conducted a financial feasibility
study to ensure that the plan will be self-sustaining; and
  • Conduct an analysis of relevant consumer protections
available under federal law and make recommendations to
the general assembly regarding additional necessary
consumer protections that should be included in legislation
implementing the plan.
The bill specifies the process by which the board is required to
engage an investment manager to invest the assets of the plan and
specifies the investment options that the board is required to create.
The bill creates the fund as a trust outside of the state treasury,
specifies that the fund will include the individual retirement accounts of
enrollees in the plan, and allows the board to use a certain percentage of
money in the fund for the administrative expenses of the plan. The money
in the fund is not property of the state and cannot be commingled with
state money.
The board must design and disseminate employer and employee
information packets regarding the plan and the options for employee
participation in the plan to all employers that participate in the plan.
If, based on the required financial feasibility study, the board
determines that the plan will be self-sustaining and would promote greater
retirement savings for private-sector employees, the board must
recommend to the general assembly that the plan be implemented. The
board may not implement the plan unless the general assembly, acting by
bill, directs the board to implement the plan.
The bill dictates the timing for the board to implement the plan, if
directed to do so by the general assembly, and a time frame for employers
to establish a system by which enrollees in the plan can remit payroll
deduction contributions to the plan. Employers must automatically enroll
employees in the plan unless an employee has opted out of participation
in the plan. Enrollees may select an investment option and contribution
level or use the default investment option and contribution amount
established by the board.
The bill specifies that the state and employers do not have any duty
or liability to any party for the payments of any retirement savings
benefits accrued by any individual through the plan.
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HB18-1308 Workers' Compensation Out-of-state Workers Temporarily In Colorado Governor Signed (04/30/2018) Bill History

Concerning an exemption from the "Workers' Compensation Act of Colorado" for nonresident employers whose employees are temporarily working in Colorado.

03/20/2018Fiscal Notes (03/26/2018)Full Text of Bill- Labor & Employment
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsBusiness, Labor and TechnologyBusiness Affairs & LaborO. Hill (R)
D. Kagan (D)
J. Becker (R)
T. Kraft-Tharp (D)

The bill establishes an exemption from the Workers'
Compensation Act of Colorado for an out-of-state employer whose
employees are working in Colorado on a temporary basis as long as:
  • The employer furnishes coverage under the workers'
compensation laws of the state in which the employee is

regularly employed, which coverage applies to the
employee while working temporarily in Colorado; and
  • The employer's home state is contiguous to Colorado,
recognizes the exemption, and provides a reciprocal
exemption for Colorado employees temporarily working in
that state.
The home state's workers' compensation laws are the sole remedy
for an out-of-state worker who is injured while working temporarily in
Colorado.
The division of workers' compensation in the department of labor
and employment is authorized to enter into an agreement with a
contiguous state to carry out the extraterritorial application of the workers'
compensation or similar law of the other state.

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HB18-1316 Extend Colorado Department Of Labor And Employment Skilled Worker, Outreach, Recruitment, and Key Training Grant Program Governor Signed (05/24/2018) Bill History

Concerning modifications to the skilled worker training program administered by the department of labor and employment.

03/22/2018Fiscal Notes (04/30/2018)Full Text of Bill- Labor & Employment
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsFinanceFinanceA. Williams (D)
J. Cooke (R)
D. Pabon (D)
T. Exum Sr. (D)

Under current law, the department of labor and employment
administers the skilled worker, outreach, recruitment, and key training
(WORK) grant program, which provides matching grants to eligible
public or private entities or organizations that provide skilled worker
training programs in partnership with industry. The general assembly is

directed to appropriate $10 million for the WORK grant program for the
2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 fiscal years.
The bill:
  • Extends the program for 3 fiscal years;
  • Specifies deadlines for the department to award and issue
matching grants to recipients;
  • Requires, instead of permits, the department to develop an
expedited application process for award recipients seeking
to extend or increase an existing grant award; and
  • Requires the general assembly to appropriate an additional
$10 million for the WORK grant program for the 2018-19,
2019-20, and 2020-21 fiscal years and specifies how the
money available for matching grants must be allocated.

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HB18-1322 2018-19 Long Appropriation Act Governor Signed (04/30/2018) Bill History

CONCERNING THE PROVISION FOR PAYMENT OF THE EXPENSES OF THE EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE, AND JUDICIAL DEPARTMENTS OF THE STATE OF COLORADO, AND OF ITS AGENCIES AND INSTITUTIONS, FOR AND DURING THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JULY 1, 2018, EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE NOTED.

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HB18-1341 Apprenticeship And Vocational Technical Training Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/25/2018) Bill History Concerning creation of the Colorado state apprenticeship resource directory.

 

03/26/2018Fiscal Notes (04/02/2018)Full Text of Bill- Business & Economic Development
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsState, Veterans, and Military AffairsEducationD. Coram (R)
S. Fenberg (D)
J. Danielson (D)
P. Covarrubias (R)

The bill requires the department of labor and employment to create
the Colorado state apprenticeship resource directory. The department
shall collect detailed information on each apprenticeship program in this
state, including the application process, requirements for enrollment,
costs, and program outcomes. The department shall promote the
availability of the directory.

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HB18-1368 Local Control Of Minimum Wage Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/03/2018) Bill History

Concerning the repeal of the prohibitions on local governments enacting minimum wage laws.

04/09/2018Fiscal Notes (04/12/2018)Full Text of Bill- Children & Domestic Matters
- Labor & Employment
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsState, Veterans, and Military AffairsLocal GovernmentM. Merrifield (D)
D. Moreno (D)
J. Melton (D)
J. Danielson (D)

The bill allows a unit of local government to enact laws increasing
the minimum wage within its jurisdiction.

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HB18-1377 Prohibit Seeking Salary Information Job Applicant Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/02/2018) Bill History04/10/2018Fiscal Notes (04/12/2018)Full Text of Bill- Labor & Employment
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsState, Veterans, and Military AffairsFinanceD. Moreno (D)
K. Donovan (D)
B. Pettersen (D)
J. Coleman (D)

The bill makes it an unfair employment practice for an employer
to seek wage or salary history information, including compensation and
benefits, about an applicant for employment, unless the employer notifies
the applicant of the wage or salary range for the current employment
opening or the applicant agrees to discuss his or her wage or salary

history.

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HB18-1378 Equal Pay For Equal Work Act Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/04/2018) Bill History04/10/2018Fiscal Notes (04/20/2018)Full Text of Bill- Labor & Employment
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsState, Veterans, and Military AffairsFinanceR. Fields (D)
K. Donovan (D)
J. Buckner (D)
J. Danielson (D)

The bill authorizes the director of the division of labor standards
and statistics in the department of labor and employment (director) to
administer and enforce the law that prohibits an employer from
discriminating against an employee on the basis of sex and to issue

awards to employees and impose penalties on employers for violations.
The bill removes the director's enforcement authority and instead permits
an aggrieved person to bring a civil action in district court to pursue
remedies specified in the bill. The bill allows exceptions to the
prohibition if the employer demonstrates that a wage differential is based
upon one or more factors including a seniority system, a merit system, or
a system that measures earnings by quantity or quality of production or a
bona fide factor other than sex.
The bill prohibits an employer from discharging or retaliating
against an employee for actions by an employee asserting the rights
established by the bill against an employer.
An employer is required to announce to all employees employment
advancement opportunities and the pay range for the opportunities. The
director is authorized to enforce actions against an employer concerning
transparency in pay and employment opportunities, including fines of
between $500 and $10,000 per violation.

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HB18-1383 Bonding Requirements For Public Projects Using Private Financing Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (05/02/2018) Bill History04/12/2018Fiscal Notes (05/30/2018)Full Text of Bill- Local Government
- State Government
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsFinanceBusiness Affairs & LaborK. Priola (R)F. Winter (D)

Pursuant to current law, when a person, company, firm,
corporation, or contractor (contractor) enters into a contract with certain
governmental entities or governmental bodies to perform work in
connection with certain projects, the contractor is required to execute
performance bonds and payment bonds.

The bill specifies that these bonding requirements apply to all
construction contracts situated or located on public real property using
public or private money, public or private financing, or public real
property.

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HB18-1418 Use Of Criminal Convictions In Employment Governor Signed (05/30/2018) Bill History

Concerning the use of criminal convictions in employment.

04/23/2018Fiscal Notes (05/04/2018)Full Text of Bill- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
- State Government
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsFinanceJudiciaryD. Coram (R)
D. Kagan (D)
M. Weissman (D)

Current law specifies which public employment positions and
public or private professions a person may be denied employment with or
licensure of solely because of a criminal conviction. The bill adds
professions involving direct contact with persons subject to abuse or
mistreatment.
Current law directs a state or local agency, when deciding whether
to issue a license or permit, to consider an individual's criminal record in
determining whether the individual is of good moral character. The bill

changes the determination to consider whether the individual is qualified.
The bill also prohibits a state or local agency from taking adverse action
concerning a license or permit or not extending an offer of employment
if an individual has been arrested but not charged, or has been convicted
but pardoned, had the conviction record sealed, or had a collateral order
entered concerning the conviction.
The bill authorizes the department of regulatory agencies
(department) to issue a conditional license to a person who has a criminal
conviction and requires the department to delete and keep confidential the
conditional designation if the person has no subsequent conviction when
applying for renewal or within 2 years unless the department determines
that the conditional designation remains necessary.
For sunset review hearings conducted after review by the
department, the bill requires the collection of data concerning licensing
and registration action taken due to specified criminal justice actions.

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HB18-1429 Workers' Compensation Cash Fund Maximum Reserve Exemption Governor Signed (06/06/2018) Bill History

Concerning the exemption of the workers' compensation cash fund from the maximum reserve.

04/25/2018Fiscal Notes (04/26/2018)Full Text of Bill- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsAppropriationsAppropriationsK. Lambert (R)M. Hamner (D)

Joint Budget Committee. Prior to July 1, 2017, the workers'
compensation cash fund was exempt from the maximum reserve for a
cash fund, which limits the year-end uncommitted reserves in a cash fund
to 16.5% of the amount expended from the cash fund during the fiscal
year. The bill once again exempts the workers' compensation cash fund
from the maximum reserve.

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SB18-001 Transportation Infrastructure Funding Governor Signed (05/31/2018) Bill History

Concerning transportation infrastructure funding, and, in connection therewith, requiring the transportation commission to submit a ballot question to the voters of the state at the November 2018 general election, which, if approved, would authorize the state, with no increase in any taxes, to issue additional transportation revenue anticipation notes for the purpose of addressing critical priority transportation needs in the state by funding transportation projects; would exclude note proceeds and investment earnings on note proceeds from state fiscal year spending limits; would repeal an existing requirement that the state treasurer execute lease-purchase agreements for the purpose of funding transportation projects; and would require ten percent of state sales and use tax net revenue to be credited to the state highway fund for the purpose of repaying any notes issued and funding transportation projects.

01/10/2018Fiscal Notes (05/08/2018)Full Text of Bill- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsTransportationTransportation & EnergyJ. Cooke (R)
R. Baumgardner (R)
T. Carver (R)
P. Buck (R)
F. Winter (D)

In 1999, the voters of the state authorized the executive director of
the department of transportation (executive director) to issue
transportation revenue anticipation notes (TRANs) in a maximum
principal amount of $1.7 billion and with a maximum repayment cost of
$2.3 billion in order to provide financing to accelerate the construction of
qualified federal aid transportation projects. The executive director issued
the TRANs as authorized, and the TRANs have been fully repaid.
Section 8 of the bill requires the transportation commission
(commission) to submit a ballot question to the voters of the state at the
November 2018 statewide election, which, if approved:
  • Would authorize the executive director to issue additional
TRANs in a maximum principal amount of $3.5 billion and
with a maximum repayment cost of $5 billion; and
  • Would, in conjunction with sections 3, 4, and 7, repeal
current law, enacted by Senate Bill 17-267, that requires
the state treasurer to execute lease-purchase agreements of
up to $1.88 billion for the purpose of funding high-priority
qualified federal aid transportation projects.
The additional TRANs must have a maximum repayment term of
20 years, and the certificate, trust indenture, or other instrument
authorizing their issuance must provide that the state may pay them in full
before the end of the specified payment term without penalty. Additional
TRANs must otherwise generally be issued subject to the same
requirements and for the same purposes as the original TRANs; except
that the commission must pledge to annually allocate from legally
available money under its control any money needed for payment of the
notes until the notes are fully repaid. Section 9 requires TRANs proceeds
not otherwise pledged for TRANs payments to be credited to the state
highway fund.
On and after July 1, 2018, section 5 requires 10% of state sales
and use tax net revenue to be credited to the state highway fund and used
first to make TRANs payments. Section 6 specifies that state sales and
use tax net revenue credited to the state highway fund that is not
expended to make TRANs payments and TRANs net proceeds credited
to the state highway fund must be used only for qualified federal aid
transportation projects that are included in the strategic transportation
project investment program of the department of transportation (CDOT)
and designated for tier 1 funding as 10-year development program
projects on CDOT's development program project list. At least 25% of the
TRANs net proceeds must be used for projects in counties with
populations of 50,000 or less and at least 10% of the TRANs net proceeds
must be used for transit purposes or transit-related capital improvements.
Section 7 requires CDOT to include specified information about the state
sales and use tax net revenue and TRANs net proceeds in its annual report
to the senate transportation committee and the house transportation and
energy committee.

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SB18-006 Recording Fee To Fund Attainable Housing Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/05/2018) Bill History

Concerning the ability of the counties to increase the fee they charge for the recording of real estate documents for the purpose of financing a statewide attainable housing investment fund.

01/10/2018Fiscal Notes (06/14/2018)Full Text of BillNoneBill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsState, Veterans, and Military AffairsR. Zenzinger (D)F. Winter (D)

Currently, each county clerk and recorder collects a surcharge of
one dollar for each document received for recording or filing in his or her
office. The surcharge is in addition to any other fees permitted by statute.

Section 2 of the bill allows counties to impose an increased
surcharge in the amount of $5 for documents received for recording or
filing on or after January 1, 2019.
In a county that has elected to collect the increased surcharge of
$5, out of each $5 collected, the bill requires the clerk to retain one dollar
to be used to defray the costs of an electronic or core filing system in
accordance with existing law. The bill requires the clerk to transmit the
other $4 collected to the state treasurer, who is to credit the same to the
statewide attainable housing investment fund (fund).
Section 3 creates the fund in the Colorado housing and finance
authority (authority). The bill specifies the source of money to be
deposited into the fund and that the authority is to administer the fund.
The bill directs that, of the money transmitted to the fund by the state
treasurer, on an annual basis, not less than 25% of such amount must be
expended for the purpose of supporting new or existing programs that
provide financial assistance to persons in households with an income of
up to 80% of the area median income for the purpose of allowing such
persons to finance, purchase, or rehabilitate single family residential
homes as well as to provide financial assistance to any nonprofit entity
and political subdivision that makes loans to persons in such households
to enable such persons to finance, purchase, or rehabilitate single family
residential homes.
Section 3 also requires the authority to submit a report, no later
than June 1 of each year, specifying the use of the fund during the prior
calendar year to the governor and to the senate and house finance
committees.

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SB18-007 Affordable Housing Tax Credit Governor Signed (05/22/2018) Bill History

Concerning the Colorado affordable housing tax credit, and, in connection therewith, renaming the low-income housing tax credit the Colorado affordable housing tax credit and extending the period during which the Colorado housing and finance authority may allocate affordable housing tax credits.

01/10/2018Fiscal Notes (01/22/2018)Full Text of Bill- Housing
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsFinanceFinanceL. Guzman (D)
J. Tate (R)
C. Duran (D)
J. Becker (R)

The bill changes the name of the existing low-income housing tax

credit to the affordable housing tax credit. This change is reflected in
sections 1 and 3 of the bill.
Section 2 extends the period during which the Colorado housing
and finance authority may allocate affordable housing tax credits from
December 31, 2019, to December 31, 2024.

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SB18-123 Asbestos Trust Claims Transparency Act House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (04/24/2018) Bill History

Concerning asbestos trust claim transparency.

01/29/2018Fiscal Notes (06/07/2018)Full Text of Bill- Civil Law
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsJudiciaryJudiciaryJ. Sonnenberg (R)L. Liston (R)

The bill enacts the Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Claims
Transparency Act. Federal bankruptcy law provides companies with
asbestos liabilities the ability to channel their future liabilities into trusts.
Plaintiffs harmed from asbestos exposure may file claims with the trusts
and file lawsuits against companies that are still solvent. The bill
addresses the disconnect between these separate compensation systems.
The bill sets forth requirements for the filing of asbestos trust claims and
provides for their admissibility so that juries are informed about all of a

plaintiff's exposure to asbestos and can properly determine fault.

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SB18-167 Enforce Requirements 811 Locate Underground Facilities Governor Signed (05/25/2018) Bill History02/12/2018Fiscal Notes (03/08/2018)Full Text of Bill- Financial Services & Commerce
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsTransportationFinanceR. Scott (R)
K. Donovan (D)
F. Winter (D)
L. Saine (R)

Current law requires a person, before conducting an excavation,
to contact a nonprofit notification association (comprised of all owners
and operators of underground facilities) by dialing 811 to learn the
location of underground facilities in the excavation project area. The
owners and operators must then accurately mark the location of their
facilities. Violations of the excavation damage prevention law are

enforced exclusively through civil actions initiated by damaged parties to
collect specified civil penalties and damages. In 2016, the United States
department of transportation's pipeline and hazardous materials safety
administration (PHMSA) conducted an adequacy evaluation of
Colorado's enforcement of its excavation damage prevention law and
determined that the enforcement is inadequate, which may eventually
result in the withholding of federal funds from Colorado.
The bill creates the underground damage prevention safety
commission (commission) as an independent agency within the
department of labor and employment. The commission has rule-making
and enforcement authority regarding the excavation damage prevention
law and is required to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the
notification association to facilitate implementation and administration of
the law. The notification association is required to provide administrative
support to the commission in performing its duties.
A review committee of the commission initially determines
whether a violation of the law has occurred and, if appropriate,
recommends remedial action, potentially including a fine. Fines range
from $250 for a single minor violation within the previous 12 months to
$75,000 for a fourth major violation within the previous 12 months. The
full commission is bound by the review committee's determination of
facts but determines the final agency action regarding alleged violations.
Fines are credited to the damage prevention fund, which the commission
will use to develop educational programming, including by making
grants, that is designed to improve worker and public safety relating to
excavation and underground facilities.
Current law allows only an excavator to submit a location request
to the notification association. The bill authorizes a licensed professional
engineer designing excavation to submit a location request. The engineer
is required to ensure that the engineering plans meet certain standards
established by the American Society of Civil Engineers for defining the
accuracy of an underground facility location. The notification association
will collect a fee for each location request, which is deposited in the
safety commission fund and used to pay the commission's expenses.
Current law creates 2 tiers of membership in the notification
association. Tier 2 members are limited members with limited benefits
and include certain special districts, local governments, cable television
providers, and small telecommunications providers; tier 1 members are
full members with full benefits, and tier 1 consists of all other owners and
operators. If, after receiving a location request, the notification
association determines that a tier 1 member owns or operates the
underground facilities, the notification association contacts the tier 1
member to arrange for the marking of the underground facilities. If a tier
2 member owns or operates the underground facilities, the excavator must
contact the tier 2 member to arrange for the marking of the underground
facilities. Effective January 1, 2021, all underground facility owners and
operators are full members of the notification association with full
benefits, and excavators will no longer need to contact the owners or
operators to arrange for the marking.
All new underground facilities installed on or after January 1,
2020, must be electronically locatable when installed. Home rule local
governments are not subject to the commission's enforcement authority,
but the governing body of a home rule local government is required to
either adopt a similar enforceable damage prevention safety program or
waive its exemption and delegate its damage prevention enforcement
authority to the commission.
Information regarding the location of underground facilities is
exempt from the Colorado Open Records Act, pursuant to the existing
exemption for specialized details of critical infrastructure.

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SB18-171 Marketplace Contractor Workers' Compensation Unemployment House Second Reading Laid Over to 05/10/2018 - No Amendments (05/02/2018) Bill History

Concerning the creation of a test to determine whether a marketplace contractor that provides services on a marketplace platform is covered under certain employment-related laws.

02/21/2018Fiscal Notes (02/26/2018)Full Text of Bill- Business & Economic Development
- Labor & Employment
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsBusiness, Labor and TechnologyJudiciaryA. Williams (D)
C. Holbert (R)
D. Pabon (D)
L. Sias (R)

The bill establishes a test for determining whether a marketplace
contractor is considered an employee under the Workers'
Compensation Act of Colorado and whether services provided by a

marketplace contractor are considered employment under the Colorado
Employment Security Act.

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SB18-178 Similar Coverage Independent Commercial Vehicles Governor Signed (05/04/2018) Bill History

Concerning the definition of similar coverage for workers' compensation for certain operators of commercial vehicles.

02/21/2018Fiscal Notes (04/04/2018)Full Text of Bill- Labor & Employment
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsBusiness, Labor and TechnologyBusiness Affairs & LaborJ. Smallwood (R)T. Kraft-Tharp (D)

Current law requires independent operators of commercial vehicles
to have workers' compensation or a private insurance policy that provides
similar coverage. The bill changes private insurance policy to
occupational accident coverage insurance policy and specifies the
requirements for when such a policy may be considered as providing

similar coverage.

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SB18-SCR004 Congressional Redistricting Signed by the Speaker of the House (05/16/2018) Bill History04/18/2018Fiscal Notes (04/20/2018)Full Text of Bill- Elections & Redistricting
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsState, Veterans, and Military AffairsState, Veterans, & Military AffairsK. Grantham (R)
S. Fenberg (D)
C. Duran (D)
P. Neville (R)

The concurrent resolution amends the state constitution to create
the independent congressional redistricting commission (commission) and
to transfer the general assembly's responsibility to divide the state into
congressional districts to the commission. Specifically, the concurrent
resolution:

  • Specifies that the commission is appointed after each
federal decennial census of the United States;
  • Specifies that the commission consists of 12 members, 4 of
whom must be registered with the state's largest political
party, 4 of whom must be registered with the state's second
largest political party, and 4 of whom must not be
registered with any political party;
  • Establishes the qualifications to serve on the commission
and the method by which commissioners are appointed;
  • Authorizes the commission to adopt rules and specifies
how the commission is staffed, how the commission is
funded, how the commission is organized, and sets forth
the ethical obligations of the commissioners;
  • Requires the commission to provide the opportunity for
public involvement, including multiple hearings, the ability
to propose maps, and to testify at commission hearings, and
requires hearings to comply with state statutes regarding
open meetings;
  • Mandates that paid lobbying of the commission be
disclosed to the secretary of state by the lobbyist within 72
hours of when the lobbying occurred or when the payment
for lobbying occurred, whichever is earlier;
  • Establishes prioritized factors for the commission 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 commission from approving a map if it has
been drawn for the purpose of protecting one or more
members of or candidates for congress or a 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 at least 8 of the 12 commissioners, including at
least 2 of the commissioners who are not registered with
any political party, to approve a redistricting map and
specifies the date by which a final map must be approved;
  • Specifies that nonpartisan staff will draft a preliminary
redistricting map and up to 3 additional maps, and, in the
event of deadlock by the commission, creates a process by
which nonpartisan staff submit a final map to the Supreme
Court for review based on specified criteria; and
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  • Allows for judicial review of a commission approved or
nonpartisan staff submitted redistricting map, and limits
Supreme Court review to whether the commission or the
staff committed an abuse of discretion.

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SB18-SCR005 Legislative Redistricting Signed by the Speaker of the House (05/16/2018) Bill History04/18/2018Fiscal Notes (04/20/2018)Full Text of Bill- Elections & Redistricting
Bill DocumentsVotes all LegislatorsState, Veterans, and Military AffairsState, Veterans, & Military AffairsK. Grantham (R)
S. Fenberg (D)
C. Duran (D)
P. Neville (R)

The concurrent resolution amends the state constitution to create
the independent legislative redistricting commission (commission) to
divide the state into state senate and state representative legislative
districts. Specifically, the concurrent resolution:
  • Specifies that the commission is appointed after each

federal decennial census of the United States;
  • Specifies that the commission consists of 12 members, 4 of
whom must be registered with the state's largest political
party, 4 of whom must be registered with the state's second
largest political party, and 4 of whom must not be
registered with any political party;
  • Establishes the qualifications to serve on the commission
and the method by which commissioners are appointed;
  • Authorizes the commission to adopt rules and specifies
how the commission is staffed, how the commission is
funded, how the commission is organized, and sets forth
the ethical obligations of the commissioners;
  • Requires the commission to provide the opportunity for
public involvement, including multiple hearings, the ability
to propose maps, and to testify at commission hearings, and
requires hearings to comply with state statutes regarding
open meetings;
  • Mandates that paid lobbying of the commission be
disclosed to the secretary of state by the lobbyist within 72
hours of when the lobbying occurred or when the payment
for lobbying occurred, whichever is earlier;
  • Establishes prioritized factors for the commission 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 commission from approving a map if it has
been drawn for the purpose of protecting one or more
members of or candidates for state legislative office or a
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 at least 8 of the 12 commissioners, including at
least 2 of the commissioners who are not registered with
any political party, to approve a redistricting map and
specifies the date by which a final map must be approved;
  • Specifies that nonpartisan staff will draft a preliminary
redistricting map and up to 3 additional maps, and, in the
event of deadlock by the commission, creates a process by
which nonpartisan staff submit a final map to the Supreme
Court for review based on specified criteria; and
  • Allows for judicial review of a commission approved or
SCR18-005
nonpartisan staff submitted redistricting map, and limits
Supreme Court review to whether the commission or the
staff committed an abuse of discretion.

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