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Bill: HB14-1336
Title: 2014-15 Long Appropriation Bill
Official Summary
Senate SponsorsP. Steadman (D)
House SponsorsC. Duran (D)
StatusSenate Consideration of the First Conference Committee Report result was to Adhere (04/14/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
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Bill: SB14-104
Title: Disputed Payments Of Tobacco Settlement Moneys
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. Current law requires all disputed
payments of tobacco litigation settlement moneys received by the state
(disputed payments) to be credited to the general fund. The bill requires
disputed payments to instead be credited to the tobacco litigation
settlement cash fund and used to reduce the annual amount of accelerated
payments allocated from that fund. Once there is no longer a need to
make accelerated payments, disputed payments will again be credited to
the general fund.

Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
House SponsorsC. Duran (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/27/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
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Bill: SB14-105
Title: Stop Water Cash Fund Transfers To General Fund
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The division of water resources collects
and administers multiple fees that are deposited into the water resources
cash fund. For some of those fees, a portion is currently required to be
credited to the general fund. Commencing July 1, 2014, the bill repeals
this requirement so that all of the fee revenue goes to the water resources
cash fund.

Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
House SponsorsC. Gerou (R)
C. Duran (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/20/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
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Bill: SB14-106
Title: Appropriations From Local Gov Permanent Fund
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. An individual or company that leases
federal land for mineral development pays a bonus payment to the federal
government as consideration for the granting of a federal mineral lease.
The bonus payment is ultimately received by the state treasurer and
credited to the mineral leasing fund. Under current law, 50% of the bonus
payments in the mineral leasing fund are transferred to the local
government permanent fund (permanent fund). Moneys in the permanent
fund generally remain in the permanent fund, but may be appropriated by
the general assembly under certain circumstances.
Under current law, the general assembly may appropriate moneys
from the permanent fund to the department of local affairs for distribution
to certain local governments when the March revenue estimate in any
fiscal year indicates that the total amount of moneys that will be deposited
into the mineral leasing fund during that fiscal year is anticipated to be at
least 10% less than the amount deposited in the preceding fiscal year.
Currently, the general assembly is authorized to make such
appropriation only in the current fiscal year. The bill authorizes the
general assembly to make such appropriation in either the current fiscal
year or the next fiscal year. In addition, the bill changes the revenue
estimate used to determine whether the total amount of moneys
anticipated to be deposited into the mineral leasing fund during that fiscal
year will be at least 10% less than the amount deposited in the preceding
fiscal year from the March revenue estimate to the December revenue
estimate.

Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
House SponsorsC. Gerou (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/27/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room

Bill: SB14-107
Title: Continue Gifts Grants & Donations For Dept Of Law
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The department of law's general
authority to solicit, accept, and expend gifts, grants, and donations from
public and private sources will currently sunset on July 1, 2015. The bill
repeals this sunset and the requirement that the department include with
its annual budget request to the joint budget committee a report
describing the receipt and expenditure of the gifts, grants, and donations.
The bill also clarifies that the department's continuous appropriation of
these gifts, grants, and donations only applies to state moneys.

Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
House SponsorsC. Duran (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/20/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room

Bill: SB14-108
Title: Target Reserve For DPA Revolving Fund
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. For the 2013-14 fiscal year and for each
fiscal year thereafter, the bill sets an alternative target reserve for the
department of personnel revolving fund at 16.5% of the amount expended
from the fund during a fiscal year, plus any balance identified in the
capital outlay reserve. The bill then specifies that any uncommitted
capital outlay reserves at the end of a given fiscal year may be used for
capital outlay subject to an appropriation in the annual general
appropriation act.

Senate SponsorsM. Hodge (D)
House SponsorsC. Gerou (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/20/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room

Bill: SB14-109
Title: Use Of Prevention Early Detection & Treatment Fund
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The bill eliminates the annual transfer
of $2,000,000 from the prevention, early detection, and treatment fund
(fund), which receives 16% of the revenues collected from amendment
35 tobacco and cigarette taxes, to the department of health care policy and
financing for medicaid disease management and treatment programs that
address cancer, heart disease, and lung disease or risk factors associated
with those diseases. As a result, the amount of money annually
appropriated from the fund to the prevention services division of the
department of public health and environment for the cancer,
cardiovascular disease, and chronic pulmonary disease prevention, early
detection, and treatment program increases by $2,000,000.

Senate SponsorsP. Steadman (D)
House SponsorsJ. May (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (04/07/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room

Bill: SB14-110
Title: Recommendations For Financing Capital Construction
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. In Senate Bill 09-228, the general
assembly set a 5-year block of statutory transfers from the general fund
to the capital construction fund and the highway users tax fund. The
transfer for capital construction was scheduled to begin in the 2012-13
state fiscal year, provided a trigger was met. Since the trigger has not yet
occurred, the block of transfers has not started.
In addition to the transfers, Senate Bill 09-228 also required the
capital development committee to develop and make recommendations
concerning new methods of financing the state's ongoing capital
construction and controlled maintenance needs prior to January 1, 2016,
which would have been just prior to the last fiscal year of the required
transfers, if the trigger occurred, so that when the transfers end a new
funding mechanism could possibly be in place.
Since the transfers have not yet occurred, the bill changes the
deadline for the development of recommendations concerning new
methods of financing the state's ongoing capital construction and
controlled maintenance needs to align with the fourth year of anticipated
transfers to the capital construction fund. The bill also moves the
responsibility for recommendation development to the joint budget
committee rather than the capital development committee.

Senate SponsorsP. Steadman (D)
House SponsorsC. Gerou (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (04/07/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room

Bill: SB14-112
Title: Pub School Cap Constr Assistance Fund Approp
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. Under current law, the general
assembly annually appropriates to the department of education moneys
from the public school capital construction assistance fund (assistance
fund) for the costs of administering the Building Excellent Schools
Today Act (BEST) and the amount of BEST lease payments required
under BEST lease-purchase agreements, but the remainder of the
assistance fund is continuously appropriated to the public school capital
construction assistance board for the purpose of providing BEST financial
assistance awards and associated transaction costs. The bill makes all
expenditures from the assistance fund subject to annual appropriation.

Senate SponsorsP. Steadman (D)
House SponsorsC. Gerou (R)
C. Duran (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/20/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room

Bill: SB14-116
Title: Init Petition Signature Line-by-line Verification
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. For a statewide initiative to appear on
the ballot, at least 5% of the registered electors in the state must sign the
initiative petition. After gathering signatures, the initiative proponents
submit the initiative petition to the secretary of state for verification. The
secretary of state then verifies the petition through random sampling. If
the random sampling establishes that a petition has less than 90% of the
total required to be on the ballot, it is deemed insufficient. If it has more
than 110%, it is deemed sufficient. But if the random sampling
establishes that the number of valid signatures is more than 90% but less
than 110% of the required total, the secretary of state examines and
verifies each petition signature filed (line-by-line verification).
The bill reduces the range that prompts the line-by-line verification
to 95% to 105% of the required total and makes corresponding changes
to the percentage needed to be deemed sufficient or insufficient by
random sampling alone.

Senate SponsorsP. Steadman (D)
House SponsorsJ. May (D)
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/17/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
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Bill: SB14-120
Title: State Employee Workers' Comp Account Approp
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The bill continuously appropriates
moneys in the state employee workers' compensation account in the risk
management fund other than the direct and indirect administrative costs
of operating the risk management system. The bill requires the general
assembly to make annual appropriations from the account for the direct
and indirect administrative costs of operating the risk management
system, including legal services, litigation expenses, and third-party
administrator expenses, that are attributable to the operation of the state
employee workers' compensation account. The bill also specifies that all
unexpended amounts in the account remain in the account at the end of
any fiscal year.

Senate SponsorsM. Hodge (D)
House SponsorsJ. May (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/27/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room

Bill: SB14-134
Title: Repeal Statutory Water Quality Fee Schedules
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. Section 1 of the bill:
  • Repeals the water quality control fund and the statutory
schedule of fees applicable to numerous categories and
subcategories of water quality discharge permits;
  • Creates the public and private utilities fund, construction
fund, commerce and industry fund, pesticides fund, and
water quality certifications fund;
  • Identifies the particular entities that must pay fees into the
new funds and the services for which the fees must be set
to cover; and
  • Gives the water quality control commission rule-making
authority to set the fees for the various funds and categories
of water quality discharge permits.
The animal feeding operations fund is reenacted, as are the procedural
requirements applicable to the review, issuance, and appeal of water
pollutant discharge permits. Sections 2 through 4 make conforming
amendments.
Section 5 repeals the drinking water cash fund's statutory schedule
of fees applicable to numerous categories and subcategories of public
water systems and gives the water quality control commission
rule-making authority to set the fees.

Senate SponsorsM. Hodge (D)
House SponsorsC. Gerou (R)
J. May (D)
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (02/21/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room

Bill: SB14-143
Title: Payment Of Appeals Nursing Facility Cash Fund
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The bill authorizes appropriations from
the medicaid nursing facility cash fund to satisfy settlements or judgments
resulting from nursing facility provider reimbursement appeals.

Senate SponsorsP. Steadman (D)
House SponsorsC. Gerou (R)
J. May (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/15/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room

Bill: SB14-155
Title: Medical Marijuana Health Effects Grant Program
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The bill creates a health research
subaccount (subaccount) in the medical marijuana program cash fund
(cash fund). The subaccount provides funding for medical marijuana
health research. The department of public health and environment
(department) may transfer moneys from the cash fund to the subaccount
and has continuous spending authority over the subaccount. No more than
$10 million may be transferred to the subaccount.
The bill creates a medical marijuana research grant program (grant
program) in the department. The grant program will provide the
framework for funding research to ascertain the general medical efficacy,
and appropriate administration of marijuana. The state board of health
(state board) shall promulgate rules for the administration of the grant
program, including:
  • The procedures and timelines for applying for grants;
  • Grant application contents;
  • Criteria for selecting grantees and determining the amount
and duration of the grants; and
  • Reporting requirements for grantees.
The bill creates a scientific advisory council (council) to evaluate
research proposals seeking a grant from the grant program. The executive
director of the department shall appoint the members of the council, and
the chief medical officer of the department will also serve on the council
and act as chair. The members will serve 2-year terms that may be
reappointed and will be reimbursed for travel expenses.
The grant recommendations will be submitted to the state board for
a final determination.
The grant program shall report annually to the state board on the
progress of the medical marijuana studies.
The bill directs the attorney general to seek federal authority to
allow Colorado institutions of higher education to cultivate marijuana for
research funded by this bill.

Senate SponsorsP. Steadman (D)
House SponsorsC. Duran (D)
J. May (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/21/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room

Bill: SB14-189
Title: FY14-15 Controlled Maintenance Trust Fund Transfer
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The bill transfers $9,672,000 from the
controlled maintenance trust fund and transfers such sum to the general
fund for the purpose of supporting a fiscal year 2014-15 appropriation for
the Colorado firefighting air corps.

Senate SponsorsP. Steadman (D)
House SponsorsC. Gerou (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/15/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
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