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Bill: HB16-1002
Title: Employee Leave Attend Child's Academic Activities
Official Summary

In 2009, the general assembly enacted the Parental Involvement
in K-12 Education Act (2009 act), which allowed an employee of an
employer who is subject to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act
to take leave from work for the purpose of attending academic activities
for or with the employee's child. Under the 2009 act, academic activities
included parent-teacher conferences or meetings related to special
education services, interventions, dropout prevention, attendance, truancy,
or discipline issues. The leave was allowed for an employee who is the
parent or legal guardian of a child enrolled in a public or private school
or in a nonpublic home-based educational program in this state in
kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Leave under the 2009 act was limited to 6 hours per month and 18
hours in any academic year. The 2009 act permitted employers to:
  • Restrict the use of leave in cases of emergency or other
situations that may endanger a person's health or safety or
if the employee's absence would halt the employer's service
or production; and
  • Limit the leave to 3-hour increments at a time and require
the employee to submit written verification from the school
or school district of the activity necessitating the leave.
An employee was required to provide the employer with at least one
week's notice of the leave except in emergency situations.
The 2009 act specified that the 2009 act would repeal on
September 1, 2015. The repeal provision was never amended, so the 2009
act repealed on September 1, 2015.
The bill recreates and reenacts the 2009 act with some
modifications as follows:
  • Renames the act the Parental Involvement in Preschool
Through Twelfth Grade Education Act and expands the
scope to allow leave to attend academic activities for a
child in preschool;
  • Expands the types of academic activities for which a parent
is entitled to leave from work to allow parents to attend
meetings with school counselors in which the employee's
child is directly participating or to attend academic
achievement ceremonies;
  • Requires school districts and institute charter schools to
post on their websites, and include in district-wide or
school-wide communications sent to parents and the
community at large, information about the act;
  • Requires the Colorado state advisory council for parent
involvement in education to also provide information about
the act to the extent possible within existing resources; and
  • Continues the act indefinitely and amends the original
repeal date in the 2009 act to specify that the repeal was to
apply only to the 2009 act.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/17/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
Senate SponsorsA. Kerr (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/09/2016)
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Bill: HB16-1007
Title: Offenses Against Unborn Children
Official Summary

The bill provides that, if the commission of any crime codified in
the criminal code or traffic code is the proximate cause of death or injury
to an unborn member of the species homo sapiens, the prosecuting
attorney, in charging the underlying offense, may also charge the
homicide or assault offense that is appropriate to the death or injury.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/13/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsJ. Joshi (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeBusiness, Affairs & Labor
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Postpone Indefinitely (02/11/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
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Bill: HB16-1033
Title: Travel Costs & Members Human Trafficking Council
Official Summary

The bill states that members of the Colorado human trafficking
council (council) may be reimbursed for actual travel expenses incurred
in the performance of their duties. The bill also replaces the council
member appointed by the commissioner of agriculture with a new
member representing the judiciary branch, to be appointed by the chief
justice of the supreme court.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/02/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsE. McCann (D)
D. Nordberg (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Kefalas (D)
L. Newell (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusGovernor Signed (04/01/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
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Bill: HB16-1045
Title: Starting The Child Tax Credit
Official Summary

Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative
Commission. In 2013, the general assembly created a child tax credit
against state income taxes for a resident individual. But the credit, which
is a percentage of the federal child tax credit based on the taxpayer's
income, is only allowed after the United States congress enacts a version
of the Marketplace Fairness Act.
The bill repeals the contingent start of the tax credit and instead
allows the credit to be claimed for any income tax year beginning with the
2016 income tax year.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/06/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Kefalas (D)
M. Merrifield (D)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (03/02/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
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Bill: HB16-1050
Title: Low-income Parents Ed Child Care
Official Summary

Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative
Commission. The bill creates a task force to address the child care needs
of low-income parents of young children as the parents seek to advance
their education. The task force consists of the leaders, or their designees,
of the departments of labor and employment, higher education, education,
and human services; parents and representatives of organizations,
appointed by the governor; and employees of county departments of
human services or social services, selected by the executive director of
the department of human services. The task force must identify and
reduce, if possible, barriers to obtaining child care from the range of
available federal, state, and private child care sources, determine whether
the parents' child care needs can be met through existing sources, review
and streamline the processes for providing child care for parents while
they obtain education or training, communicate the availability of child
care from public and private sources to parents who are seeking education
or training, and recommend legislative changes, if necessary. By March
1, 2017, the task force must submit a report of its activities to the general
assembly, and before July 1, 2017, the task force must submit the report
to the early childhood and school readiness legislative commission. The
task force is repealed, effective July 1, 2017.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/23/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Merrifield (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/27/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
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Bill: HB16-1058
Title: Misuse Of Electronic Images By A Juvenile
Official Summary

The bill creates the crime of misuse of electronic images by a
juvenile. The offense prohibits a juvenile from knowingly distributing,
displaying, or publishing through digital or electronic means, or
possessing, a sexually explicit image of himself or herself or of another
juvenile who, as depicted in the image, is within 4 years of age of the
charged juvenile. If a juvenile is charged with the crime of misuse of
electronic images by a juvenile, he or she cannot be charged with sexual
exploitation of a child. It is an affirmative defense if the juvenile:
  • Did not solicit or request to be supplied with the image or
images;
  • Did not participate in or encourage the making of the image
or images;
  • Did not transmit or distribute the image or images to
another person; and
  • Took reasonable steps to either destroy or delete the images
within 72 hours or reported the receipt of such image or
images to law enforcement or a school official within 72
hours.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/19/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsR. Fields (D)
Y. Willett (R)
Senate SponsorsL. Newell (D)
J. Cooke (R)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely (04/25/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
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Hearing Date
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Bill: HB16-1063
Title: Mental Hlth Professional Disclosure School Safety
Official Summary

Except under limited circumstances, current law prohibits a
licensed, registered, or certified mental health professional from
disclosing, without the client's consent, confidential communications
made by, or advice given to, the client in the course of the professional
relationship.
The bill grants an exception to the prohibition against disclosure
when the mental health professional's client either:
  • Makes a direct threat against a school or its occupants; or
  • Exhibits behavior that, in the mental health professional's
reasonable judgment, creates a dangerous environment in
a school that may jeopardize the safety or well being of
students, faculty, staff, parents, or the general public.
The mental health professional must limit the disclosure to
appropriate school district personnel and maintain confidentiality of the
disclosure.
A mental health professional is not liable for disclosing or failing
to disclose a confidential communication, except to the extent the mental
health professional has a duty under current law to warn and protect.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/25/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsC. Duran (D)
M. Foote (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Cadman (R)
M. Scheffel (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusGovernor Signed (05/18/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
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Bill: HB16-1066
Title: Habitual Domestic Violence Offenders
Official Summary

Under current law, a person who is convicted of a misdemeanor
involving an underlying factual basis of domestic violence and who has
3 prior convictions that include an act of domestic violence can be
convicted of a class 5 felony as an habitual domestic violence offender.
The bill maintains this sentencing provision and describes the procedures
that a court would use to determine whether the defendant has been
convicted of 3 previous offenses that include an act of domestic violence.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/31/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsC. Roupe (R)
Senate SponsorsL. Newell (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusGovernor Signed (04/15/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Position
Hearing Date
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Bill: HB16-1068
Title: Regulation Of Methadone Treatment Facilities
Official Summary

Current law requires the unit within the department of human
services that administers behavioral health programs and services (unit)
to establish standards for facilities that treat drug abusers or dispense
controlled substances to drug abusers. The bill requires additional
standards for methadone treatment facilities, including minimum
distances for such facilities from schools, colleges, and residential child
care facilities and a disclosure of infractions by the owner of the facility,
its holding company, or other facilities under the holding company. If
infractions are disclosed, the unit shall determine whether the public
interest requires denial of an application or other remedial action.
The bill also specifies that a methadone treatment facility is not a
medical clinic for zoning purposes.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/22/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsP. Lundeen (R)
Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (01/27/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Position
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB16-1072
Title: No Statute Limitations Sexual Assault
Official Summary

The bill eliminates the statute of limitations for felony sexual
assault.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/21/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsR. Fields (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Cooke (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (02/11/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Position
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB16-1080
Title: Assault By Strangulation
Official Summary

The bill adds intentionally causing serious bodily injury through
strangulation as a means of committing the crime of first degree assault
and intentionally causing bodily injury through strangulation as a means
of committing second degree assault. The bill designates the new means
of second degree assault as an extraordinary risk crime increasing the
maximum presumptive sentence range.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/24/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsM. Foote (D)
L. Landgraf (R)
Senate SponsorsM. Johnston (D)
J. Cooke (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusGovernor Signed (06/10/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
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Bill: HB16-1081
Title: Obsolete Reporting Dept Health Care Policy & Fin
Official Summary

The bill repeals certain requirements of the department of health
care policy and financing (department) and other providers, including:
  • Reporting on data relating to clinical performance to assess
health outcomes;
  • Reporting on the number and dollar value of medical
services coding errors identified through the correct coding
system;
  • The collection of health data and outcomes and reporting
relating to a 1998 quality assurance analysis concerning the
cost-effectiveness of each managed care program that was
not undertaken;
  • Reporting on the implementation of the prescription drug
utilization review process;
  • Quarterly reports from personal services contractors who
contract with the department for the children's basic health
plan;
  • An annual evaluation and reporting on the comprehensive
medical plan for expanding services in the medical
assistance program;
  • A report relating to an actuarial study and fiscal analysis in
order to implement the medicaid buy-in program; and
  • Reporting related to cost savings anticipated in previous,
current, and subsequent fiscal years from health care
program reforms, consolidation, and streamlining in the
children's basic health plan.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/23/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
K. Ransom (R)
Senate SponsorsK. Lundberg (R)
L. Newell (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusGovernor Signed (03/18/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Position
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB16-1098
Title: School Discipline Reporting Requirements
Official Summary

The bill makes adjustments to required school discipline reporting
provisions. If the department of public safety utilizes records related to
juvenile proceedings for research purposes, that department must meet all
statutory requirements for research use; except that it is not required to
obtain prior authorization from the department of human services. A
provision is added to the section concerning the use of juvenile
delinquency data for research purposes that any research generated by that
data must be in aggregate form. Certain information may be released
regarding an expunged case by any law enforcement agency, a district
attorney, a court, or any agency of the state judicial department to the
department of public safety, division of criminal justice, for research
purposes.
The district attorney or his or her designee is no longer subject to
any criminal or civil penalties for his or her compliance with the reporting
obligations of the statute.
The division of criminal justice is no longer required to release
data related to juvenile delinquency to independent entities for research
purposes.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/22/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsP. Lawrence (R)
Senate SponsorsL. Newell (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusGovernor Signed (04/15/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
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Bill: HB16-1100
Title: Define Tuition Status Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
Official Summary

The bill amends statutory provisions relating to the persons
qualified to determine domicile for purposes of establishing in-state
tuition at state institutions of higher education. The bill adds
unaccompanied homeless youth to the list of persons who are qualified to
determine their own domicile. An unaccompanied homeless youth is
defined in the bill, consistent with the federal definition, as an individual
who has not attained 22 years of age and who is either an unaccompanied
youth who is a homeless child or youth or who has been verified as
unaccompanied, at risk of homelessness, and self-supporting by one of
four verifiers listed in the bill.
The bill amends the definition of qualified person in the statutory
provisions relating to tuition status to include unaccompanied homeless
youth.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/21/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
D. Esgar (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Cooke (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusGovernor Signed (05/17/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Position
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB16-1115
Title: No Record Sealing Municipal Domestic Violence
Official Summary

Under current law, conviction records related to municipal
offenses are eligible for record sealing. The bill prohibits sealing a
municipal assault or battery conviction or any other municipal conviction,
if the conviction involves the underlying factual basis of domestic
violence.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/15/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsK. Van Winkle (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/08/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Position
Hearing Date
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Bill: HB16-1131
Title: Public Ed Stds & Assessments
Official Summary

The bill repeals the requirement that the state participate in a
consortium of states that creates a set of assessments to measure students'
college and career readiness.
The bill allows the department of education (department), at the
request of the state board of education (state board) and to the extent
possible under the federal education law or under a federal waiver, to
recommend to the state board state assessment options for use by local
education providers. The state assessment options would have to provide
a valid measurement of the level of student achievement of the state
academic standards and be sufficient to support statewide accountability
and comparability.
Under existing law, the department selects an assessment to
administer to students in tenth grade (tenth-grade test) and a
curriculum-based, achievement college entrance exam (exam) to
administer to students in eleventh grade. The department is required to
consider competitive bids for the tenth-grade test and the exam every 5
years. The bill repeals the requirement to reconsider competitive bids
every 5 years. No later than July 1, 2021, the bill requires the state board,
instead of the department, to select the tenth-grade test and the exam.
The bill allows the department to reduce the administration of state
assessments if the department, at the direction of the state board,
participates in a pilot assessment program authorized in the federal
education law.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/29/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsT. Carver (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeEducation
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (03/07/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Position
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB16-1185
Title: Gender Identification On Birth Certificates
Official Summary

Under current law, a person born in Colorado who seeks a new
birth certificate from the registrar of vital statistics (state registrar) to
reflect a change in gender designation must obtain a court order
indicating that the sex of the person has been changed by surgical
procedure and ordering that the gender designation on the birth certificate
be amended, and the person must obtain a court order with a legal name
change. The bill repeals that provision and creates new requirements for
the issuance of birth certificates in cases of changes to gender
designation.
Under the bill, known as the 2016 Birth Certificate Modernization
Act, the state registrar shall issue a new birth certificate with a different
gender designation to a person who was born in this state when the state
registrar receives:
  • A written request from the person, or from his or her
parents, if the person is a minor, or from the person's
guardian or legal representative, signed under penalty of
law, requesting a new birth certificate with a gender
designation that differs from the gender designated on the
person's original birth certificate; and
  • A statement, signed under penalty of law, from a medical
or mental health care provider licensed in good standing in
Colorado or in another jurisdiction, stating that the person
has undergone surgical, hormonal, or other treatment
appropriate for that person for the purpose of gender
transition, based on contemporary medical standards, or
stating that the person has an intersex condition, and that in
the provider's professional opinion the person's gender
designation should be changed accordingly.
The bill requires that the state registrar issue a new birth certificate
rather than an amended birth certificate. The bill allows a person who has
previously obtained an amended birth certificate under previous versions
of the law to apply to receive a new birth certificate.
A person is not required to obtain a court order for a legal name
change in order to obtain a new birth certificate with a change in gender
designation. The bill creates a process for a person to update the person's
name on a birth certificate at other times than the issuance of the new
birth certificate.
The state registrar is prohibited from requesting additional medical
information but is authorized to contact the medical or mental health
provider to verify the provider's statement. The courts in this state are
given jurisdiction to issue a decree to amend a birth certificate to reflect
a change in gender designation for a person who is a resident of this state
and was born in another state or in a foreign jurisdiction if the law in the
other state or foreign jurisdiction requires a court decree in order to
amend a birth certificate to reflect a change in gender designation.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/30/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ulibarri (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/21/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Position
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB16-1210
Title: Prohibit Conversion Therapy Mental Health Provider
Official Summary

The bill prohibits a licensed physician specializing in psychiatry
or a licensed or registered mental health care provider from engaging in
conversion therapy with a patient under 18 years of age. A licensee who
engages in these efforts is subject to disciplinary action by the appropriate
licensing board. Conversion therapy means efforts that seek to change
an individual's sexual orientation, including efforts to change behaviors
or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic
attraction or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/04/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsP. Rosenthal (D)
Senate SponsorsP. Steadman (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/11/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Position
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB16-1224
Title: Treat Trafficking Of Children As Child Abuse
Official Summary

The bill amends the statutory definition of child abuse or neglect
to include any case in which a child is subjected to human trafficking for
involuntary servitude or human trafficking for sexual servitude.
If a county or district department of human or social services
(county department) reasonably believes that a child has been subjected
to human trafficking, it shall immediately offer social services to the child
and to his or her family, and the county department may file a petition in
court on behalf of the child. If immediate removal is necessary to protect
the child or other children under the same care from further abuse, the
child or children may be placed in protective custody.
The department of human services and each county department
shall implement a uniform screening tool that includes questions that are
intended to identify children who are victims of human trafficking for
involuntary servitude or human trafficking for sexual servitude or who are
at risk of being such victims.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/01/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsP. Lundeen (R)
Senate SponsorsL. Woods (R)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusGovernor Signed (04/15/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Position
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB16-1260
Title: Extend Statute Of Limitations Sexual Assault
Official Summary

The bill makes the statute of limitations for felony sexual assault
20 years.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/09/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsR. Fields (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Johnston (D)
J. Cooke (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusGovernor Signed (06/10/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Position
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB16-1328
Title: Use Of Restraint And Seclusion On Individuals
Official Summary

The bill strengthens the safety provisions for the use of restraint
and seclusion on individuals, particularly youths, who are being detained
by a state or local agency. Language is added to clarify that restraint or
seclusion must never be used as a punishment, sanction, or part of a
treatment plan, or for retaliation, or for protection, except in the case of
demonstrated emergencies.
The division of youth corrections (division) within the state
department of human services (department) may place a youth in
emergency seclusion for a maximum of no more than 4 consecutive hours
in a calendar day unless a prescribed protocol is followed for an extended
emergency situation. If the emergency situation continues and the youth
is in seclusion for 8 total hours in a 2-calendar-day period, the division
must obtain a court order to continue the seclusion.
The division may confine a youth for a period of time not to
exceed 2 hours, not including sleeping hours, in a calendar day for the
completion of administrative functions, provided that the confinement is
part of a routine practice that is applicable to substantial portions of the
population and is not imposed in response to the behavior of one or more
youth.
If an agency uses seclusion:
  • The room or area used for seclusion must have at least 60
square feet of floor space, be clean, have adequate lighting,
heating, and, by January 1, 2020, be suicide resistant;
  • The individual in seclusion must have access to water,
toilet facilities, and toilet paper;
  • Staff shall adhere to strict timeline protocols for youth in
seclusion for emergency situations;
  • Scheduled status reports must be made to the facility
director;
  • Within 12 hours, the facility shall notify the youth's parent,
guardian, or legal custodian of the fact of and need for the
seclusion; and
  • If the emergency requiring seclusion continues beyond 4
hours, the division may only continue the seclusion if it
obtains written approval after a licensed physician has
consulted with a qualified mental health professional who
has met with the youth.
A division facility that utilizes seclusion is required to have staff
undergo at least 40 hours of initial training and at least 16 hours of annual
training thereafter, especially on the use and effect of seclusion on youth.
Additional reporting requirements are imposed in the bill. The
division is required to keep specific documentation on file for each
individual placed in seclusion. The division shall make a compilation
report of the documentation to the youth seclusion working group
(working group), created in the bill. Similarly, any facility that operates
for the purpose of detaining youth shall report quarterly to the public
health and human services committee of the house of representatives and
the health and human services committee of the senate, or any successor
committees, on its use of seclusion.
The working group is created to study the issues surrounding the
use and effect of seclusion on youth.
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Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/19/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsE. McCann (D)
P. Lee (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Lundberg (R)
K. Lambert (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeFinance
StatusGovernor Signed (06/10/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Position
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB16-1331
Title: Policies On Juvenile Shackling In Court
Official Summary

The bill requires restraints on a juvenile to be removed prior to any
court proceeding, except when the court determines the restraints are
necessary:
  • To prevent physical harm to the juvenile or another person;
  • To prevent disruptive courtroom behavior by the juvenile,
evidenced by a history of behavior that created potentially
harmful situations or presented substantial risk of physical
harm; or
  • To prevent the juvenile, from fleeing the courtroom, when
evidenced by an escape history or other relevant factors.
The prosecution, sheriff, or any other detention or pretrial
personnel may request that an individual juvenile be restrained in the
courtroom. The court shall provide the juvenile's attorney an opportunity
to be heard before the court allows the use of restraints on a juvenile. The
court may conduct a hearing on the use of restraints without the juvenile
being present.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/29/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Merrifield (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusSenate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (04/18/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Position
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB16-1395
Title: Juvenile Delinquency Record Expungement
Official Summary

Under current law, there is some access to juvenile delinquency
records. The bill limits that access by making certain records public only
after a court orders that a child be charged as an adult, consistent with
recent changes to the direct file statute, and by eliminating the
requirement that the prosecuting attorney notify the school principal of
minor offenses. The bill also ensures that the juvenile and his or her
attorney can access the juvenile's records, and that juvenile record
information is available to agencies that require the information for
research purposes, with protections against the disclosure of identifying
information.
Under current law, a juvenile or someone on the juvenile's behalf
must petition, after an applicable waiting period of one to 5 years, for
expungement. The bill requires the court to automatically expunge
records in certain situations. In some situations, the juvenile must still
petition for expungement. Records will be expunged immediately upon:
  • A finding of not guilty at an adjudicatory trial;
  • Dismissal of the entire case;
  • Dismissal after completion of juvenile diversion, a deferred
adjudication, or an informal adjustment;
  • The completion of a sentence for a municipal offense; and
  • The completion of a juvenile sentence for a class 2 or 3
misdemeanor that is not a sex offense and does not involve
domestic violence.
Records will be eligible for expungement upon the completion of
a juvenile sentence when the juvenile has a class 1 misdemeanor; a
misdemeanor sex offense; a misdemeanor involving domestic violence;
or a first time felony adjudication and the adjudicated felony is not a
crime of violence, is not an offense involving unlawful sexual behavior,
and is not a class 1 or 2 felony. The court sends a notice to the district
attorney that the records are eligible for expungement. The district
attorney shall notify the victim, and the victim and the district attorney
have the right to object to the expungement. If there is no objection, the
court enters an expungement order. If there is an objection, the court
holds a hearing to determine if the juvenile is sufficiently rehabilitated
and whether expungement is in the best interest of the juvenile and the
community.
All other juveniles must file a petition to request expungement
after an applicable waiting period. Records will be eligible for
expungement one year after a law enforcement contact that did not result
in a referral to another agency. Records will be eligible for expungement
one year from the date of the completion of a juvenile sentence if the
juvenile was not adjudicated a repeat, mandatory, aggravated, or violent
juvenile offender. Records will be eligible for expungement 3 years from
the date of completion of a juvenile sentence if the juvenile was
adjudicated a repeat or mandatory offender and not adjudicated for a
felony sex offense. Records will be eligible for expungement 5 years from
the date of completion of a juvenile sentence if the juvenile was
adjudicated an aggravated or violent juvenile offender or was adjudicated
for a felony sex offense. After the petition is filed, the court shall hold a
hearing, and the court shall grant expungement if it finds that the juvenile
has been rehabilitated and that expungement is in the best interest of the
juvenile and the community.
The bill requires written notice of the right to expungement and the
process to the juvenile.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/31/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsP. Lee (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (05/05/2016)
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Bill: SB16-005
Title: Eliminating Statewide Assessments In 9th Grade
Official Summary

Under current law, the department of education (department)
administers state assessments in English language arts and mathematics
to students enrolled in grades 3 through 9. The bill eliminates the ninth
grade assessments in English language arts and mathematics.
Under current law, the department must administer a state
assessment in science and social studies once to students enrolled in high
school, but it cannot administer the assessment to students enrolled in
twelfth grade. The bill prohibits the department from administering the
state assessments in these subjects to students enrolled in ninth grade.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/13/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsL. Saine (R)
Senate SponsorsV. Marble (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusSenate Second Reading Lost with Amendments - Committee, Floor (04/25/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
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Bill: SB16-013
Title: Clean-up Office Of The Child Protection Ombudsman
Official Summary

The bill addresses several items in the statutes relating to the office
of the child protection ombudsman (office), including:
  • Clarifying that the child protection ombudsman board's
(board) duties are advisory only;
  • Shifting the responsibility for accountability in policies and
procedures from the board to the office;
  • Clarifying that the ombudsman cannot be subpoenaed by
independent parties to testify in personal custody
proceedings; and
  • Removing the statutory requirement for an audit of the
office by the office of the state auditor but leaving it at the
discretion of the legislative audit committee to request such
an audit at a future date.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/06/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Newell (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusGovernor Signed (04/15/2016)
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Bill: SB16-039
Title: Mental Health And Collaborative Management Teams
Official Summary

Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning the Treatment
of Persons With Mental Illness in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice
Systems.
The bill adds a mental health professional to the list of persons
to be included in any memorandum of understanding entered into
between interested county departments of social or human services and
other local-level service providers when the memorandum of
understanding is established as a means of promoting a collaborative
system of local-level interagency oversight and services to children and
families.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/28/2016)
Comment
House SponsorsP. Lee (D)
J. Singer (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Newell (D)
B. Martinez Humenik (R)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusHouse Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely (02/23/2016)
LobbyistsLobbyists
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