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Bill: HB14-1012
Title: Advanced Industry Investment Income Tax Credit
Official Summary

The bill repeals the Colorado innovation investment tax credit and
replaces it with the advanced industry investment tax credit (tax credit).
The tax credit is available for a qualified investor who, prior to January
1, 2018, makes an equity investment in a qualified small business from
the advanced industries, which consists of advanced manufacturing,
aerospace, bioscience, electronics, energy and natural resources,
information technology, and infrastructure engineering. The tax credit is
equal to 25% of the investment or, if the qualified business is located in
a rural area or economically distressed area, it is equal to 30%. The
maximum amount of credit for a single tax credit is $50,000, and the
maximum of all tax credits allowed for a calendar year is $2 million;
except that unused tax credits from 2014 may roll over into 2015. A tax
credit may not be refunded, but it may be carried forward for 5 tax years.
The Colorado office of economic development (office) determines
the eligibility for the tax credit and issues nontransferable tax credit
certificates as evidence of eligibility and the amount of the tax credit. To
claim the tax credit, a taxpayer must submit a copy of the tax credit
certificate. The office and the department of revenue are required to share
information related to the tax credit. In 2017, the office is required to
submit to legislative committees a report that includes information about
the tax credits issued and the economic benefits from the related qualified
investments.
The state treasurer is required to transfer moneys from the repealed
innovation investment tax credit cash fund to the newly created advanced
industry investment tax credit cash fund. The general assembly shall
appropriate any moneys in the fund to the office for the direct and indirect
costs associated with the authorizing tax credits.

Senate SponsorsJ. Kefalas (D)
House SponsorsC. Gerou (R)
M. Tyler (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/29/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1037
Title: Enforcing Laws Against Designer Drugs
Official Summary

It is unlawful to distribute, dispense, manufacture, or sell any
product that is labeled as incense or any other trademark if the product
contains any amount of any synthetic cannabinoid. A violation is a
deceptive trade practice, and the violator shall be subject to a civil penalty
of not less than $10,000 and not more than $500,000 for each violation.
A person shall forfeit and pay to the general fund of the state a civil
penalty of not less than $25,000 and not more than $500,000 for each
violation if the person distributes, dispenses, or sells the product to a
minor under the age of 18 and the person is at least 18 years of age and
at least 2 years older than the minor.
The statute of limitations shall be tolled while a law enforcement
agency awaits the results of a requested laboratory analysis of material,
including but not limited to product samples or blood, urine, or saliva
samples, to determine whether the material contains any amount of any
synthetic cannabinoid.
On or before September 1, 2014, the director of the Colorado
bureau of investigation (bureau) shall establish a division within the
bureau to address the enforcement of laws prohibiting the possession and
distribution of synthetic cannabinoids, cathinones, and other designer
drugs. The duties of the division shall include the purchase and
maintenance of at least 10 field testing units, which shall be made
available by the bureau to law enforcement agencies of the state for the
purpose of analyzing and identifying illegal substances in a timely
manner.

Senate SponsorsR. Baumgardner (R)
House SponsorsL. Landgraf (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (06/06/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1048
Title: Religious Freedom Higher Education Student Groups
Official Summary

The bill prohibits a state institution of higher education
(institution) from denying a religious student group a benefit that the
institution provides to a nonreligious student group solely because the
religious student group requires its leaders to adhere to the group's
sincerely held religious beliefs or standards of conduct. These benefits
include recognition, registration, use of institution facilities, use of
institution channels of communication, and available institution funding
sources.

Senate SponsorsL. Tochtrop (D)
House SponsorsK. Priola (R)
StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (01/27/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1094
Title: Sales & Use Tax Holiday For Back-to-school Items
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill creates a state sales and use tax exemption for
back-to-school items. The exemption applies for 3 days in the beginning
of August for a back-to-school item, which is defined to mean clothing,
shoes, or school supplies. Clothing includes sport and recreational
equipment, but does not include clothing accessories. The exemption only
applies for an article of clothing, including shoes, that is less than $75 and
a school supply that is less than $50.
The exemption period occurs in 5 consecutive years beginning
with the first August after a fiscal year in which gross general fund
revenues are estimated to be at least $8.5 billion.
Section 2 of the bill permits a town, city, or county to create a
sales tax exemption that is identical to the state exemption.

Senate SponsorsC. Jahn (D)
House SponsorsD. Pabon (D)
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (04/04/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1108
Title: Copayments For Physical Rehabilitation Services
Official Summary

The bill prohibits a carrier from charging a covered person a
copayment for physical rehabilitation services that is more than the
copayment charged for a visit to a primary care physician. The amount
charged may not be more than 20% of the amount the carrier pays to the
provider for the office visit. The bill requires a carrier to clearly state the
availability, including limitations, conditions, and exclusions, of physical
rehabilitation services under its plan.

Senate SponsorsL. Tochtrop (D)
House SponsorsD. Primavera (D)
StatusGovernor Vetoed (03/28/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1124
Title: In-state Tuition American Indian Tribes Ties To CO
Official Summary

The bill requires a state-supported institution of higher education
to classify as an in-state student for tuition purposes a student who is a
member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe with historical
ties to Colorado, as designated by the Colorado commission on Indian
Affairs. A student classified as an in-state student pursuant to this tuition
classification may be counted as a resident for any purpose and is eligible
for state financial aid and the college opportunity fund stipend. The bill
exempts Fort Lewis College from its provisions.

Senate SponsorsL. Tochtrop (D)
House SponsorsJ. Salazar (D)
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (04/29/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1140
Title: Compromised Personal Or Financial Identifying Info
Official Summary

If a state entity experiences an accidental or deliberate event that
results in or constitutes a threat of the unauthorized access, loss,
disclosure, modification, disruption, or destruction of personal or
financial identifying information (security incident) and determines that
the security incident occurred due to an error of the state entity or any
employee of the state entity or due to a lack of security protecting the
personal or financial identifying information held by the state entity, the
state entity must notify any person who may be impacted by the security
incident of the following:
  • That a security incident occurred and that the security of
the person's personal or financial identifying information
held by the state entity may have been compromised;
  • That the person is entitled to have the state entity pay for
identity theft protection services on the person's behalf for
a limited time after the security incident occurred; and
  • That the person may contact the state entity for further
information. The state entity shall include relevant contact
information for the state entity in the notification.
The bill requires the chief information officer of the office of
information technology to promulgate rules necessary for the
implementation of these requirements. The rules promulgated by the chief
information officer apply to each executive branch department of the state
and may be adopted by any state entity that is not an executive branch
department. A state entity that is not an executive branch department and
that does not adopt the rules of the chief information officer is required
to promulgate its own rules or adopt its own policies as necessary for the
implementation of these requirements.

Senate Sponsors
House SponsorsK. Conti (R)
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/10/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1154
Title: Employment Of Community College Faculty
Official Summary

The bill requires community colleges, by a certain date, to
maintain only one salary and compensation schedule and incremental step
schedule, for all faculty. The bill defines a full-time workload and
requires a faculty member's salary and compensation, including
employment benefits, to be determined based upon the combined
workload at all state institutions of higher education. Additionally, on a
certain date, the community colleges must establish and place existing
faculty on a salary schedule as provided in the bill.
The bill contains provisions relating to the assignment of teaching
responsibilities and the assignment of and compensation for nonteaching
responsibilities.
The bill contains provisions relating to faculty termination.

Senate SponsorsJ. Kefalas (D)
House SponsorsR. Fischer (D)
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (04/10/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1178
Title: Sales & Use Tax Exemption For Space Flight Prop
Official Summary

The bill creates a sales and use tax exemption for qualified
property used in space flight and outlines the reporting requirements for
the exemption.

Senate SponsorsM. Hodge (D)
K. Grantham (R)
House SponsorsM. Ferrandino (D)
B. DelGrosso (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/20/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1179
Title: Veterans Workforce Accelerator Grant Program
Official Summary

The bill creates the veterans workforce accelerator grant program
(grant program). The grant program awards grants to an eligible recipient
as matching funding for an accelerated, hands-on skills training program
for advanced industry jobs. The department of labor and employment
(department) administers the grant program, and the state workforce
development council (state council) awards the grant based on criteria
outlined in the bill, with preference given to a training program that has,
as a core component, advanced industry skills training for veterans.
The bill creates the veterans workforce accelerator fund for the
grant program.
The department is required to establish reporting requirements for
the grant recipient and to report to the general assembly concerning the
grant program and the use and effectiveness of grant funds.

Senate Sponsors
House SponsorsL. Landgraf (R)
StatusHouse Committee on Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development Postpone Indefinitely (02/18/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1193
Title: Research Retrieval Fees Public Records Under CORA
Official Summary

The bill allows a custodian of public records under the Colorado
Open Records Act to impose a fee in response to a request for the
research and retrieval of such records only if the custodian has, prior to
the date of receiving the request, either posted on the custodian's web site
or otherwise published a written policy that specifies the applicable
conditions concerning the research and retrieval of public records by the
custodian. Any fee the custodian charges the requestor for the research
and retrieval of public records must be nominal in comparison to the time
the custodian spends responding to the volume of requests. The bill
prohibits the custodian under any circumstances from charging an hourly
fee for the research and retrieval of public records that exceeds three
times the state minimum wage.

Senate SponsorsJ. Kefalas (D)
House SponsorsJ. Salazar (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/02/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1205
Title: Veterans Assistance Grant Program
Official Summary

The veterans assistance grant program (program) is created in the
division of veterans affairs within the state department of military and
veterans affairs to provide moneys to nonprofit organizations and
governmental agencies that provide services to ensure the health and
well-being of veterans of the United States armed forces who live in
Colorado.
On or before September 1, 2014, the adjutant general, in
consultation with the board of veterans affairs, shall adopt rules for the
administration of the program, including but not limited to:
  • Criteria for determining which nonprofit organizations and
governmental agencies are eligible to receive moneys from
the program; and
  • Procedures by which eligible organizations may apply for
and receive moneys from the program.
The veterans assistance grant program cash fund is created and
consists of any moneys received by the division as gifts, grants, or
donations and such moneys as are appropriated to the fund by the general
assembly.
The program is repealed, effective September 1, 2024. Before such
repeal, the department of regulatory agencies shall review the program.

Senate SponsorsL. Crowder (R)
House SponsorsS. Ryden (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/26/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1255
Title: Negotiate Resident Tuition For Israeli Students
Official Summary

The bill requires the Colorado commission on higher education to
negotiate with public institutions of higher education in Israel to allow
residents of Colorado to attend public universities in Israel at the resident
tuition rate in exchange for residents of Israel attending Colorado public
institutions of higher education at the resident tuition rate.
If an agreement is reached, the commission shall direct public
institutions of higher education to comply with the agreement and shall
report to the general assembly regarding the agreement and the number
of Colorado and Israeli residents benefitting from the agreement.

Senate Sponsors
House SponsorsJ. Everett (R)
StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (02/12/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1256
Title: Higher Ed Employment Contracts For Librarians
Official Summary

Under current law, a state institution of higher education
(institution) may enter into an unlimited number of term employment
contracts of up to 3 years for certain classroom teaching appointments.
The bill allows an institution to also enter into these types of employment
contracts with librarians.

Senate SponsorsA. Kerr (D)
House SponsorsR. Fischer (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/27/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1271
Title: Mental Health Duty To Warn Target Entities
Official Summary

Current law grants immunity from liability to a mental health
provider (provider) who has a duty to warn a specific person or persons
when a patient has communicated to the provider a serious threat of
imminent physical violence against that person or persons. The bill would
extend that immunity and duty to warn to include specific entities that, if
purposefully damaged or attacked as a result of a mental health patient's
violence, would jeopardize public health and safety if the patient has
communicated to the provider a serious threat of imminent physical
violence against that entity.

Senate SponsorsL. Newell (D)
House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (04/07/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1281
Title: Terminal Patients Investigational Drugs
Official Summary

The bill allows, but does not require, eligible patients to participate
in clinical trials and use investigational drugs, biological products, and
devices. The bill defines an eligible patient as a person who has:
  • A terminal illness;
  • Considered all other treatment options currently approved
by the United States food and drug administration;
  • Received a prescription or recommendation from his or her
physician;
  • Given written, informed consent for the use of the
investigational drug, biological product, or device; and
  • Documentation from his or her physician that he or she
meets the definition of eligible patient.
The bill clarifies that a health insurance carrier is not required to
pay for the investigational drug, biological product, or device.
The bill prohibits any action against a physician's license for his or
her recommendations regarding the use of investigational drugs,
biological products, or devices.

Senate SponsorsI. Aguilar (D)
G. Rivera (R)
House SponsorsJ. Joshi (R)
J. Ginal (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/17/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1303
Title: Legislature Take Public Testimony Remote Locations
Official Summary

The bill vests the executive committee of the legislative council
with the power and duty to consider, recommend, and establish policies
regarding legislative committees taking public testimony from remote
locations around the state.

Senate SponsorsG. Schwartz (D)
House SponsorsM. Ferrandino (D)
R. Scott (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/31/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1319
Title: Outcomes-based Funding For Higher Education
Official Summary

The bill repeals the current provision in statute for fee-for-service
contracts and recreates it with significant changes in a new section of the
statutes. The bill creates a method for determining the amounts of
fee-for-service contracts entered into by the department of higher
education (department) and the governing boards of state institutions of
higher education (institutions), excluding the local district junior colleges
and area vocational schools. Each fee-for-service contract, at a minimum,
must include the following components, as they apply to particular
institutions:
  • An institutional base amount (institutional base), which the
general assembly sets annually in the long bill, that is the
same for each governing board and that is allocated among
the governing board's campuses;
  • Low-enrollment funding for small and medium-sized,
4-year institutions and small community colleges,
determined as a percentage of the institutional base;
  • Research funding for specific institutions, determined as a
percentage of the institutional base;
  • Graduate services funding, which the general assembly sets
annually in the long bill, that the institution receives for
graduate students enrolled in the institution;
  • Retention funding, which the general assembly sets
annually in the long bill, that the institution receives for
each junior and senior resident student enrolled in the
institution; and
  • Degree funding, specified as a percentage of the amount
for a baccalaureate degree, for each degree the institution
awards each year.
The amounts of the fee-for-service contracts for specialized
educational services for the governing boards of the health sciences
center of the university of Colorado, the Colorado cooperative extension
service, and the veterinary medicine program at Colorado state university
are increased or decreased annually by the percentage that reflects the
yearly increase or decrease in total state appropriations for institutions.
The annual amount of direct grants to local district junior colleges
and area vocational schools is determined in the same manner as
fee-for-service contracts for specialized educational services.
The bill increases the amount of the college opportunity fund
stipend for eligible undergraduate students enrolled in institutions who
are eligible for the federal Pell grant. The general assembly, by bill,
annually sets the amount of the percentage increase in the stipend amount,
which must be at least 10%.
The bill requires adjustments to the total governing board
appropriation for each governing board as necessary to ensure that the
change in a governing board's total governing board appropriation over
the preceding year appropriation is not 5% more or 5% less than the
percentage that reflects the percentage change in total state appropriations
for institutions.
Additionally, the bill requires the general assembly's annual
appropriation to the college opportunity fund on behalf of eligible
undergraduate students to be at least 57.5% of the sum of the total state
appropriation for the budget year, specialized education fee-for-service
contracts, and direct grants to local district junior colleges and area
vocational schools; except that the percentage may be less as a result of
adjustments for actual enrollment.
The Colorado commission on higher education (commission) shall
adopt policies or procedures as necessary for uniform application of the
fee-for-service contracts statutes, and the department shall comply with
the statutory requirements when making annual budget requests. Finally
the commission may convene a meeting of interested parties to review the
new statutory provisions and make recommendations to the general
assembly in its 2014 departmental presentation.
The bill allows the department to transfer a limited amount of
moneys between an institution's fee-for-service contracts appropriation
and the institution's college opportunity fund spending authority for
increases and decreases based upon actual enrollment.
The bill makes conforming amendments to reflect the new section
relating to fee-for-service contracts.

Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
K. Lambert (R)
House SponsorsM. Ferrandino (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/09/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1323
Title: Restrict Gov Access Personal Medical Information
Official Summary

The bill prohibits the state or a local government from accessing
an individual's personal medical information or medical record without
the individual's consent. If a state or local government employee
authorizes its government employer to access his or her personal medical
information or medical record in connection with an employment-related
request, occurrence, or claim, such as a request for a workplace
accommodation or for family medical leave, the consent applies for the
duration of the request, occurrence, or claim. Additionally, if a state or
local government department or agency is providing health care services
to a person, the person's consent to access his or her personal medical
information or record applies throughout the time during which the
services are provided.
The bill recognizes exceptions to the prohibition when the access
is required for a state or local government department or agency to fulfill
its obligations imposed by law. Additionally, the bill does not preclude a
state or local government department or agency from accessing an
invoice, receipt, or other documentation of a sale of a prescription drug
or other item exempt from sales tax as long as:
  • Personal medical information or a medical record is not
contained in the documentation; and
  • Any information that identifies or could be used to identify
an individual patient or that indicates a patient's diagnosis
or treatment plan is redacted from the documentation.

Senate SponsorsJ. Kefalas (D)
K. Lundberg (R)
House SponsorsD. Primavera (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/31/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

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 Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1342
Title: Transfers Of Money Related To Capital Construction
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. For the 2014-15 fiscal year, the bill
transfers $219,993,465 from the general fund to the capital construction
fund and $500,000 from the general fund exempt account of the general
fund to the capital construction fund.
For the 2014-15 fiscal year, the bill transfers $1 million from the
state historical fund to the capital construction fund for historical
renovations of the state house of representatives' chambers and the state
senate's chambers.

Senate SponsorsP. Steadman (D)
House SponsorsC. Duran (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/02/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1343
Title: Firefighter Peace Officer PTSD Work Comp Coverage
Official Summary

The bill includes post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that is
suffered by a peace officer as a covered workers' compensation disability.
A peace officer is presumed to have a diagnosis of PTSD if the peace
officer seeks treatment for and is diagnosed with PTSD within 36 months
after the date of a traumatic event that occurs in the line of duty. An
employer or insurer has the opportunity to overcome the presumption.
The bill requires an insurer or employer to pay all authorized medical
expenses of a peace officer alleged to suffer from work-related PTSD.
The bill limits the dissemination of health information by health
care providers to that information directly related to the cause or
aggravating factors of the patient's PTSD. The bill sets up an expedited
review process for the determination of the diagnosis of work-related
PTSD.

Senate SponsorsL. Tochtrop (D)
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (06/06/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1382
Title: K-12 On-line Education
Official Summary

Under existing law, a school district, a group of school districts,
a board of cooperative services, or the state charter school institute
(authorizer) may authorize an on-line program or an on-line school.
On-line education programs and on-line schools are regulated by the
department of education (department). The bill clarifies and updates the
definitions of on-line program and on-line school and clarifies the
requirements for documenting student attendance and participation in an
on-line program or on-line school. The bill also removes the ability of a
group of school districts that have not formed a board of cooperative
services to authorize an on-line program or an on-line school.
Under current law, when a student transfers into or out of an
on-line school, the transferring school must transmit the student records
to the receiving school within 30 days. The bill reduces the time for
transmitting student records to 14 days.
Under current law, an on-line school that enrolls students from
more than one school district (multi-district on-line school) must be
certified by the state board of education (state board). The bill removes
the state board's authority to accept applications to certify multi-district
on-line schools beginning July 1, 2015, and replaces it with the authority
to certify authorizers to create or oversee multi-district on-line schools.
By July 1, 2014, the commissioner of education (commissioner)
must convene a task force of persons with expertise in on-line education
to recommend to the state board quality standards for authorizers. By July
1, 2015, the state board must adopt quality standards for authorizers and
rules for certifying authorizers. An authorizer must be certified to create
or oversee a multi-district on-line school.
Beginning July 1, 2015, authorizers of existing multi-district
on-line schools must apply for certification. An authorizer that is
overseeing a multi-district on-line school as of July 1, 2015, must apply
for certification by October 1, 2015. If the authorizer is initially denied
certification, it may reapply after 6 months. If the state board again denies
certification, the authorizer may not reapply for 2 years.
If a school district, a board of cooperative services, or the institute
that is not an authorizer as of July 1, 2015, chooses to authorize a
multi-district on-line school, it must first obtain certification. The
certification will expire within one year if the authorizer does not
authorize a multi-district on-line school.
Certification is valid for 5 years and may be renewed. The state
board may deny or refuse to renew an authorizer's certification if the
authorizer does not meet the quality standards for authorizers. If an
authorizer's certification is denied or not renewed, the authorizer may
request from the department intensive, interactive technical support to
cure the defect that resulted in denial or nonrenewal. If an authorizer does
not obtain or loses certification, each multi-district on-line school that the
authorizer oversees must apply for authorization from a new authorizer.
If a single-district or a multi-district on-line school changes authorizers,
the department must consider the consecutive years during which it
operates under a priority improvement or turnaround plan immediately
preceding the change in authorizers in determining whether the on-line
school is subject to restructuring.
By July 1, 2014, the commissioner must convene a group of
experts to assist the department in designing pilot programs to explore
initiatives to address specified issues in providing on-line education. The
department must complete the pilot program designs and issue requests
for proposals by October 2014, and each pilot program must begin
operating in the 2015-16 school year. An authorizer that participates in a
pilot program must continue to comply with all statutes and rules while
operating the pilot program and must submit data concerning the pilot
program to the department. The department must annually submit to the
state board, the governor, and the education committees a summary of the
pilot programs. The department may accept and expend gifts, grants, and
donations to offset the costs incurred in implementing the pilot programs
and is not required to implement the provisions concerning pilot programs
unless it receives sufficient funding.

Senate SponsorsA. Kerr (D)
E. Roberts (R)
House SponsorsD. Young (D)
J. Wilson (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (06/05/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1383
Title: Workers' Compensation Physician Choice
Official Summary

Current law requires an employer or workers' compensation
insurer to provide a list of at least 2 physicians or 2 corporate medical
providers or one physician and one corporate medical provider to an
injured employee from which to select a treating physician. The bill
changes that number to 4 physicians and corporate medical providers.
Current law states that if there are fewer than 4 physicians or
corporate medical providers within 30 miles of the employer's place of
business, the employer or insurer may instead designate one physician or
one corporate medical provider. The bill adds an exemption for rural
areas where there are more than 3, but fewer than 9 physicians or
corporate medical providers within 30 miles of the employer's place of
business, the employer or insurer may instead designate 2 physicians or
2 corporate medical providers or a combination of the providers.

Senate SponsorsL. Tochtrop (D)
J. Ulibarri (D)
House SponsorsA. Williams (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (06/05/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1384
Title: Higher Education Tuition Assistance
Official Summary

The bill creates the Colorado opportunity scholarship initiative
(initiative) within the department of higher education (department) to:
  • Award scholarships or grants based upon a rigor-based
method to students who are classified as Colorado residents
for tuition purposes; and
  • Develop the connections and community partnerships
necessary to ensure that every Colorado student has the
support needed to enter a postsecondary opportunity,
persist and succeed, and enter his or her desired position in
the workforce.
The bill creates the Colorado opportunity pipeline scholarship
initiative advisory board (board) and requires the board to promulgate
rules for administration of the initiative, including but not limited to the
following:
  • Criteria for eligibility of state agencies, nonprofit
organizations, and public institutions of higher education
to participate in the initiative;
  • Criteria for eligibility of students to apply for and receive
grants from the initiative;
  • Rules establishing permissible uses of grant moneys from
the initiative; and
  • Criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of the initiative in
improving higher education outcomes in the state.
The director of the initiative shall administer the initiative in
accordance with rules promulgated by the board.
The bill creates the Colorado opportunity pipeline scholarship
initiative fund (fund), which consists of:
  • Any moneys appropriated to the fund by the general
assembly;
  • Any moneys transferred to the fund from any other fund;
and
  • Any moneys received by the department as gifts, grants, or
donations.
The department is authorized to spend not more than 3% of the
moneys annually appropriated to the fund to pay the direct and indirect
costs of administering the initiative. The board may promulgate rules for
the administration of the fund. For the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the general
assembly shall appropriate $30 million to the fund.
The members of the state workforce development council (state
council) shall serve as members of the board. The state council shall
identify staff members within the department of education, the
department of higher education, and the department of labor and
employment who shall assist the state council in fulfilling its duties as
members of the board.
The financial need scholarship fund in the department is repealed,
and any moneys remaining in the financial need scholarship fund are
transferred to the fund.

Senate SponsorsJ. Ulibarri (D)
L. Crowder (R)
House SponsorsF. McNulty (R)
B. Pettersen (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (06/06/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1387
Title: Revision Of All Capital Related Statutes
Official Summary

Capital Development Committee. Section 1 makes a legislative
declaration.
Section 2 makes changes to the definitions used in the department
of personnel's state buildings statutes. These definitions are then used
throughout the statutes, including in the capital development committee's
statutes, the office of state planning and budgeting's statutes, and the
Colorado commission on higher education's statutes. The definitions are
updated to include items considered capital construction, capital renewal,
and controlled maintenance in current practice. Current capital
construction definitions rely on the term facility to describe activities
that fall under the terms capital construction, capital renewal, and
controlled maintenance. The bill changes facility to the more accurate
term real property and makes applicable conforming amendments.
Current law combines state institutions of higher education and state
agencies together as a state agency, but some tasks specified for state
agencies are not applicable to state institutions of higher education, and
vice versa. The bill separates state institutions of higher education from
state agencies.
Section 3 makes conforming amendments to the department of
personnel's responsibilities related to the definition changes and updates
those responsibilities to more clearly reflect current practice.
Section 4 makes conforming amendments to the requirement that
the department of personnel prepare and maintain inventories of state
property. Most particularly, section 4 removes the responsibility from the
department of personnel to establish a separate inventory of computer
equipment and all other capital assets valued in excess of $100,000 as this
responsibility was never fulfilled by the department.
Section 5 makes conforming amendments and changes to reflect
current practice to provisions related to the eligibility for state-controlled
maintenance funding. Items in the definition of controlled maintenance
and in other provisions of law are relocated for ease of access and clarity.
Section 6 makes conforming amendments to the legislative
declaration for the life-cycle cost analysis prepared by the department of
personnel.
Sections 7 and 8 make conforming amendments to the life-cycle
cost analysis requirements for the department of personnel. Other changes
in section 7 reorganize current law, including relocation of some
provisions to reflect that life-cycle analysis is a different concept from
high performance standards certification.
Section 9 makes conforming amendments to the legislative
declaration in the state buildings statute.
Sections 10 and 11 repeal provisions that are relocated within the
bill.
Sections 12 through 18 make conforming amendments to the
capital development committee's enacting statutes. Most specifically,
these sections:
  • Add cross references to the new definitions;
  • Make conforming amendments necessary to reflect the new
definitions;
  • Clarify the capital development committee's duty to
forecast the states's need for capital construction, capital
renewal, and controlled maintenance, as well as to forecast
the projected available revenue to meet such needs for the
state. The bill changes the time to be analyzed in the
forecast for projected available revenue.
  • Clarify that it is the capital development committee's
responsibility to review all acquisitions of real property by
a state agency or state institution of higher education;
  • Repeal obsolete provisions; and
  • Eliminate the automatic repeal of the capital development
committee.
Sections 19 through 28 make the necessary changes to statute to
allow qualified state institutions of higher education with a building
department that meets or exceeds minimum standards adopted by the state
electrical board and the state plumbing board to continue performing their
own permitting and inspections for electrical and plumbing work related
to their own construction or remodeling projects.
Section 29 makes conforming amendments to the capital
construction definition used in the Building Excellent Schools Today
Act.
Section 30 amends the Building Excellent Schools Today Act
to allow an applicant school district that is approved for an award of
financial assistance as an alternate award recipient and that successfully
raises required matching moneys through voter-approval of a ballot
question for contracting bonded indebtedness but that does not actually
receive financial assistance because all primary award recipients or higher
priority alternate award recipients also successfully raised required
matching moneys to resubmit its application for financial assistance as
previously approved during the next application cycle.
Section 31 makes conforming changes to the section that describes
the duties and powers of the Colorado commission on higher education
with respect to capital construction and long-range planning.
Section 32 clarifies that the governor's approval of the expenditure
of money from funds derived from the sale of lands donated by an 1862
act of congress is not reliant on requirements specified in the capital
construction fund statutes.
Section 33 makes conforming amendments to provisions
describing the need for long-range planning for capital construction,
controlled maintenance, and capital renewal by the heads of principal
departments.
Section 34 makes conforming amendments to definitions related
to the negotiation of professional services' contracts.
Section 35 makes conforming amendments and specifies that the
requirement to conduct discussions with no less than 3 persons regarding
the professional services such persons would provide applies only where
the fee for such professional services is estimated to equal or exceed
$25,000.
Section 36 makes conforming amendments to provisions
addressing the requirements for contracts for professional services.
Section 37 changes requirements that notice be given in a
newspaper of general circulation when a state agency is seeking to
contract for the professional services to allow the notice to be given either
electronically or by newspaper.
Sections 38 and 39 make conforming amendments to the criminal
liability provisions addressing contracts for professional services.
Section 40 changes the definitions applicable to provisions
delineating the office of state planning and budgeting's responsibilities.
Section 41 changes the deadlines for the capital budget
submissions by the office of state planning and budgeting to the capital
development committee.
Section 42 requires the office of information technology to
establish, maintain, and keep a separate inventory of information
technology equipment valued in excess of $100,000 owned by or held in
trust for every state agency.
Section 43 makes conforming amendments and changes to the
provisions governing art in public places to clarify that the 1%
requirement is calculated based on total construction costs, rather than the
total project costs, appropriated in each year. Section 32 also explicitly
allows an appropriation for professional services to include planning for
the acquisition of public art.
Section 44 makes a conforming amendment to the definition of
capital outlay related to the new capital construction, capital renewal,
and controlled maintenance definitions in section 2 of the bill.
Section 45 makes a conforming amendment to provisions
restricting state appropriations related to the new capital construction
definition in section 2 of the bill.
Sections 46 through 51 make conforming amendments, make
technical changes, and remove obsolete provisions related to the capital
construction fund.
Section 52 modifies provisions related to the capitol complex
master plan to clarify that statutory references to any other buildings,
facilities, and surface parking lots acquired after May 28, 2013, refers to
such buildings, facilities, and surface parking lots belonging to the capitol
complex.
Section 53 makes conforming amendments and technical changes
to provisions authorizing the executive director of the department of
personnel, with the approval of the governor, to rent or lease real property
not presently needed for state use.
Sections 54 through 59 make conforming amendments to
requirements related to construction contracts with public entities,
construction bidding for public projects, and construction contracts
related to the new capital construction, capital renewal, and controlled
maintenance definitions in section 2 of the bill.
Section 60 makes conforming amendments to the source selection
and contract formations portion of the Procurement Code related to the
new state agency and state institution of higher education definitions in
section 2 of the bill.
Section 61 changes the threshold for when bonds and security
must be delivered to the state when a construction contract is awarded
from $100,000 to $150,000.
Section 62 changes the threshold for when a contractor bond is
necessary for public works projects from $100,000 to $150,000.
Section 63 changes the threshold for when notice of final
settlement must be published for public works contracts from contracts
exceeding $50,000 to contracts exceeding $150,000.
Section 64 makes conforming and technical amendments to the
department of transportation's requirements to request funding for state
highway reconstruction, repair, or maintenance projects to the capital
development committee.
Section 65 repeals statutory sections that were relocated and
repeals the code appeals board statute, which board was never established
due to lack of funding. Code compliance for state buildings is coordinated
by the office of the state architect in the department of personnel.

Senate SponsorsG. Schwartz (D)
House SponsorsR. Fischer (D)
L. Szabo (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (06/06/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1390
Title: Legal Standing Of Public Open Meetings Law
Official Summary

The bill clarifies the open meetings law (OML) to explicitly state
that any person denied or threatened with denial of any of the rights that
are conferred on the public by the OML has suffered an injury in fact, and
therefore, has standing to challenge the violation of the OML.

Senate SponsorsG. Brophy (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
House SponsorsB. Gardner (R)
C. Duran (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (06/06/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1391
Title: Authority Of Public Treasurer To Pay By Check
Official Summary

The state treasurer and the treasurer of the university of Colorado
currently make payments by means of warrants drawn upon them. The bill
authorizes them to also pay by check.

Senate SponsorsA. Kerr (D)
O. Hill (R)
House SponsorsK. Priola (R)
K. Becker (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (06/05/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1394
Title: Allocation Of Tobacco Settlement Disputed Payments
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The bill clarifies the statutory allocation
of tobacco litigation settlement moneys in order to ensure that the state
treasurer has the statutory direction required to use disputed payments of
settlement moneys received by the state to reduce the annual amount of
accelerated payments allocated from the tobacco litigation settlement cash
fund as was intended by Senate Bill 14-104, which has already been
enacted.

Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
House SponsorsC. Duran (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (06/06/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1395
Title: Information Technology Budget Requests
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. Current practice includes information
technology budget requests above a certain monetary threshold as a subset
of capital construction and consequently all such budget requests are
reviewed and prioritized by the capital development committee. A
prioritized list of all capital construction budget requests, including those
information technology budget requests classified as capital construction,
is then presented to the joint budget committee for their review and
inclusion as part of the capital construction section of the annual general
appropriation act. The bill moves the review and prioritization
responsibility of information technology budget requests previously
requested as capital construction to the joint technology committee.
Because information technology budget requests will no longer be
included in the definition of capital construction, such requests will no
longer be funded from the capital construction fund and instead will be
funded through the general fund. The bill also makes an appropriation.

Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
House SponsorsC. Gerou (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/31/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: HB14-1396
Title: Med Pot Registry Access Health Dept Contractors
Official Summary

The bill clarifies that the term authorized employees of the state
health agency, as used in article XVIII, section 14 of the Colorado
constitution, which created the medical marijuana registry, includes
independent contractors or other agencies acting on behalf of the
department of public health and environment under a contract or
intergovernmental agreement. The bill also specifies that these
contractors are not, as a result of this authorization, entitled to state
employee benefits.

Senate SponsorsS. King (R)
House SponsorsS. Ryden (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (06/06/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: SB14-001
Title: College Affordability Act
Official Summary

For fiscal years 2014-15 through 2015-16, the bill reduces from
9% to 6% the amount by which a governing board of a state institution of
higher education may increase undergraduate, resident tuition; except that
the Colorado school of mines may increase its tuition by the greater of 6%
or twice the inflation rate. If a governing board wants to increase tuition
by more than 6%, it must first receive authorization from the Colorado
commission on higher education by submitting a financial and
accountability plan.
The bill appropriates additional moneys to the department of
higher education for financial aid, the college opportunity fund program,
and the state institutions of higher education.

Senate SponsorsA. Kerr (D)
C. Jahn (D)
House SponsorsM. McLachlan (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/01/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: SB14-004
Title: Community College Four-year Programs
Official Summary

The bill allows the state board for community colleges and
occupational education (state board) to seek approval from the Colorado
commission on higher education (CCHE) for technical, career, and
workforce development bachelor of applied science degree programs that
may be offered at community colleges within the state system. Among
other things, the state board must show workforce and student demand for
the degree program and cost-effectiveness to the student and the system.
The CCHE may approve bachelor of applied science degree
programs that meet criteria established in the bill. Among other factors,
the CCHE shall consider whether the bachelor of applied science degree
program proposed by the state board is sufficiently distinguishable from
an existing degree program at a state 4-year institution of higher
education in the community college's geographic service area or whether
the degree program could be delivered in the community college's service
area through a statewide transfer agreement with a state 4-year institution
of higher education. The state board may then authorize the establishment
of an approved bachelor of applied science degree program at a
community college within the state system.
Additionally, CCHE may approve technical, career, and workforce
development bachelor of applied science degree programs at Aims
community college after considering the same factors as those that apply
to the approval of bachelor of applied science degree programs at other
community colleges. Among other things, Aims community college must
demonstrate workforce and student demand for the degree program and
cost-effectiveness to the student and to Aims community college. The bill
expands the role and mission of Aims community college to permit the
bachelor of applied science degree programs.
Finally, the bill expands the role and mission of Western state
Colorado university to allow the university to provide basic skills courses
directly in Chaffee and Gunnison counties and to receive resident credit
for those basic skills courses.

Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
J. May (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (02/27/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: SB14-006
Title: Early Childhood Educator Development Scholarship
Official Summary

Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative
Commission. The early childhood educator development scholarship
program (scholarship program) exists in current law to provide stipends
to offset the costs of obtaining associate degrees for persons who are
employed in early childhood education. The scholarship program is
funded solely through federal grants and other gifts, grants, and
donations.
The bill expands the scholarship program to provide stipends to
offset the costs of obtaining any postsecondary degree or certificate in
early childhood education for a person employed in early childhood
education. The criteria for awarding stipends are expanded to include
consideration of the diversity of applicants and to allow the state board of
education to choose to award stipends only to applicants who serve
high-needs children.
The bill authorizes the appropriation of state moneys, including
state education fund moneys, to fund the scholarship program. The bill
repeals the provision that repeals the scholarship program if the
department of education does not receive grants or donations for the
scholarship program.

Senate SponsorsL. Newell (D)
House SponsorsC. Peniston (D)
StatusSenate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (02/12/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: SB14-011
Title: Colorado Energy Research Authority
Official Summary

The bill changes the name of the Colorado renewable research
authority to the Colorado energy research authority (authority) and makes
the following changes to the authority:
  • Names the chancellor of the university of Colorado at
Boulder as an ex officio member, instead of the president
of the university of Colorado;
  • Makes 2 of the governor's appointments to the authority
board mandatory, instead of permissive;
  • Identifies the consortium that receives allocations from the
authority as the Colorado energy research collaboratory
(collaboratory);
  • Permits the authority to undertake various promotional and
educational activities, rather than requiring it to do so;
  • Permits the authority to promote the collaboratory's
activities in order to increase the federal energy research
funding and energy-related research funding;
  • Modifies the information to be included in the authority's
annual report and requires the report to be delivered to the
Colorado office of economic development (office) instead
of legislative committees; and
  • Substitutes clean energy for renewable energy.
The bill also creates the energy research cash fund. The state
treasurer is required to transfer $2 million at the beginning of the next 5
fiscal years, and these transfers will be included in the annual general
appropriation act for informational purposes. The moneys in the fund are
continuously appropriated to the office for its administrative expenses and
for the purpose of distributing moneys to the authority for use as state
matching funds and for the authority's other permitted activities. The
office may not distribute any moneys to the authority for use as state
matching funds unless the office receives proof of the other matching
funds. The authority may not use more than $100,000 per year for its
other permitted activities.
Following a fiscal year when the office distributed money to the
authority, the office is required to submit a report to the legislative
committees summarizing all of the distributions made during the
preceding fiscal year. The report must include any information provided
to the office by the authority in its report.

Senate SponsorsR. Heath (D)
House SponsorsD. Hullinghorst (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/16/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: SB14-028
Title: Expand Electric Vehicle Charging Station Grants
Official Summary

The bill expands the existing list of persons and entities that are
eligible to receive moneys from the electric vehicle grant fund,
administered by the Colorado energy office (CEO), by adding private
businesses and nonprofits and allowing the CEO to consider the extent to
which grant applicants' proposed charging locations serve existing
vehicles or encourages the acquisition of new vehicles.

Senate SponsorsM. Jones (D)
House SponsorsM. Tyler (D)
C. Duran (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (04/11/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: SB14-050
Title: Financial Assistance In Colorado Hospitals
Official Summary

Current law requires each hospital to make information regarding
financial assistance available to each patient. The bill specifies the
information that must be included.
Current law requires hospitals to limit the amounts charged to
uninsured qualified patients to the lowest negotiated rate from a private
health plan. The bill changes that limit for patients who fall below 400%
of the federal poverty line to the medicare reimbursement rate plus 20%.
The bill requires the department of public health and environment
to promulgate rules and to evaluate each hospital for compliance at the
time of licensing and license renewal.

Senate SponsorsI. Aguilar (D)
House SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/29/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: SB14-067
Title: Medical Assistance Program Align With Federal Law
Official Summary

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enacted
in 2010 made certain changes to the eligibility groups in the medicaid
program. The bill makes technical changes to the statutes to align the
eligibility provisions of Colorado's medical assistance program and the
children's basic health program with the changes under federal law.
Specifically, the bill:
  • Removes obsolete eligibility group descriptions and
renames and consolidates eligibility groups to conform to
the current medicaid eligibility groups under federal law;
  • Defines modified adjusted gross income by reference to
the federal definition for purposes of determining income
eligibility;
  • Removes obsolete language regarding income- and
resource-counting methods;
  • Updates statutory language relating to income verification
through federally approved electronic data sources; and
  • Clarifies that application data and verifications for
individuals who are ineligible for medical assistance will
be transferred to the state insurance marketplace.
The bill makes conforming amendments.

Senate SponsorsI. Aguilar (D)
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (02/27/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: SB14-099
Title: Provisional Physical Therapy License
Official Summary

The bill allows the physical therapy board to issue a provisional
license to applicants who have successfully completed a physical therapy
program, met the educational requirements, and paid a fee. A person with
a provisional license is required to practice under the supervision of a
licensed physical therapist. The provisional license expires no later than
90 days after issuance.

Senate SponsorsM. Hodge (D)
House SponsorsJ. May (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/31/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: SB14-103
Title: Phase In High-efficiency Water Fixture Options
Official Summary

The bill defines a watersense-listed plumbing fixture as one that
has been:
  • Tested by an accredited third-party certifying body or
laboratory in accordance with the federal environmental
protection agency's WaterSense program;
  • Certified by such body or laboratory as meeting the
performance and efficiency requirements of the program;
and
  • Authorized by the program to use its label.
Current law requires water-efficient indoor plumbing fixtures in
only three contexts:
  • Builders of new single-family detached residences must
offer the buyers toilets, faucets, and showerheads that meet
the current standards of the WaterSense program;
  • Tank-type water closets and flushometer toilets in new
state buildings must meet certain standards that are either
less stringent than or as stringent as the current WaterSense
standards; and
  • New construction and renovation of residential structures
and office, commercial, or industrial buildings must meet
standards that are less stringent than the current
WaterSense standards.
Section 1 of the bill prohibits the sale of lavatory faucets, shower
heads, flushing urinals, tank-type toilets, and tank-type water closets on
and after September 1, 2016, unless they are a watersense-listed plumbing
fixture. Sections 2 through 5 amend or repeal conflicting portions of
current law.

Senate SponsorsL. Guzman (D)
House SponsorsR. Fischer (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (06/06/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

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 Room
Hearing Time

Bill: SB14-114
Title: Student Access To CSU Global Campus
Official Summary

The bill amends the role and mission of Colorado state university
global - campus on-line university to permit baccalaureate degree
programs instead of upper-division baccalaureate completion degree
programs.

Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
House SponsorsM. Hamner (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/02/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: SB14-118
Title: Protections For Individuals With Disabilities
Official Summary

The bill conforms several definitions related to discrimination
based on a disability (discrimination) to the federal Americans With
Disabilities Act of 1990, including changing the term assistance dog
to service animal. The fine for discrimination in places of public
accommodation, housing, and or violations of the rights of an individual
with a disability who uses a service animal or a trainer of a service animal
is increased to $3,500. Penalties are added for a person who causes harm
to a service animal or service animal in training or a person who owns an
animal that causes harm to a service animal or service animal in training.
The bill makes conforming amendments.

Senate SponsorsP. Steadman (D)
House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/22/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

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 Room
Hearing Time

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 SponsorsJ. May (D)
C. Duran (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/21/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: SB14-174
Title: Prosecution Fellowship Program
Official Summary

The bill creates the prosecution fellowship program (program) in
the department of higher education. The program will provide money to
the Colorado district attorneys' council to fund 6 fellows at rural district
attorneys' offices in the state. The fellows will receive a 5-day training
prior to beginning work.
The bill creates the prosecution fellowship committee, which will
select the fellowships and district attorneys' office locations and match the
fellows with a district attorney's office.

Senate SponsorsR. Heath (D)
M. Johnston (D)
House SponsorsM. McLachlan (D)
D. Pabon (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/19/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: SB14-184
Title: Oversight of the Industrial Hemp Program
Official Summary

Current law limits a person who holds a registration to grow
industrial hemp for research and development purposes to growth
outdoors and on not more than 10 acres. The bill removes these
limitations. The bill also changes the time period during which a person
who wishes to grow industrial hemp may apply to the department of
agriculture (department) from May first of the year in which the person
wishes to grow hemp to prior to planting.
The bill requires the department to test at least 80% of the hemp
crop in the industrial hemp registration program. The bill allows the
general assembly to make general fund appropriations to support the
program.
The bill exempts state-accredited research institutions that are
engaged in research and development from the industrial hemp testing
program. The bill allows a research and development registrant to use or
destroy hemp that exceeds delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration
limits established by the department in a manner approved and verified
by the department.
The bill requires the department to administer an industrial hemp
grant program that is funded through registration fees and moneys from
the medical marijuana cash fund. The grants allow state institutions of
higher education to conduct the research. The bill creates the industrial
hemp research grant program fund.
The bill allows a person to process, sell, and distribute hemp
cultivated by a registered person or to sell hemp products produced from
the hemp.

Senate SponsorsG. Schwartz (D)
House SponsorsD. Coram (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/31/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: SB14-196
Title: FAMLI Insurance Program Wage Replacement
Official Summary

The bill creates the family and medical leave insurance (FAMLI)
program in the newly created division of family and medical leave
insurance (division) in the department of labor and employment
(department) to provide partial wage replacement benefits to eligible
individuals who take leave from work to care for a new child or a family
member with a serious health condition or who are unable to work due to
their own serious health condition. Each employee in the state that has not
opted out of the program will pay a premium based on a percentage of the
employee's yearly wages, and 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 division is established as an
enterprise, and premiums paid into the fund are not considered state
revenues for purposes of section 20 of article X of the state constitution
(TABOR).

Senate SponsorsJ. Ulibarri (D)
House SponsorsJ. Salazar (D)
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (05/01/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: SB14-204
Title: Education Data Privacy And Security Act
Official Summary

The bill creates the Student and Teacher Data Privacy and
Security Act (act).
The act classifies types of student and teacher data that may be
collected by an education institution or state agency without the written
consent of affected parents, eligible students, or teachers (affected
parties). The types of information that require written consent from
affected parties are established. An education institution is prohibited
from using moneys from any source to construct, enhance, or expand a
data system that is not in compliance with the provisions of the act.
Parameters for transparency of data collection and storage for
education institutions and state agencies are established, including
disclosure on web sites about the existence and character of any
personally identifiable information maintained, procedures to be followed
in the case of a security breach or unauthorized disclosure, and the
principal purpose or purposes of the data collection.
The bill establishes limitations on the administration of certain
types of assessments, the collection of sensitive information about a
student or his or her family, and on the disclosure of personally
identifiable information to third party contractors, including those
requesting the information for research and studies.
If an entity performing an audit or evaluation of an education
program requests disclosure of personally identifiable information, the
disclosure must be to an authorized representative only.
The bill establishes requirements for third-party contractors before
they may enter into a contract with an education institution or state
agency for the maintenance or use of education or teacher data, including
protocol to be followed in the case of a suspected or actual security
breach or unauthorized disclosure of personally identifiable information.
The bill establishes a minimum protocol for an education
institution or state agency to follow in the case of a security breach or
unauthorized disclosure of personally identifiable information.
The commercial use of any education or teacher data for
commercial use, including use by a cloud-computing service provider
performing services to an education institution or state agency, is
prohibited. The use of any education or teacher data for predictive
modeling is prohibited, as is any interagency disclosure. Video
monitoring of classrooms for any purpose is prohibited, except for teacher
evaluation purposes, and in those instances, prior written consent must be
obtained from all affected parties.
Any disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in
education or teacher records may not be made to any entity outside the
state, except in limited circumstances. Disclosure of personally
identifiable information to the United States department of education for
the purposes of obtaining a federal grant is limited to specific situations
required by law.
Education institutions are required to destroy and remove from
student databases certain education records associated with a student
within 5 years of the student's graduation or withdrawal from the
institution; except that education institutions shall retain adequate records
to demonstrate that a student has completed graduation requirements.
Penalties for violations of the act are established, including a fine
of up to $1,000 for a first offense, up to $5,000 for a second offense, and
up to $10,000 for any subsequent offenses.

Senate SponsorsV. Marble (R)
House SponsorsJ. Everett (R)
StatusSenate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (04/28/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: SB14-205
Title: Talent Pipeline Working Group
Official Summary

The bill requires the state work force development council (state
council), the department of higher education, the department of education,
the department of labor and employment, and the Colorado office of
economic development to work collaboratively to:
  • Discuss and determine needs across key industries and
occupations including challenges and opportunities in
developing and growing relevant talent pipelines;
  • Ensure that the talent pipeline development infrastructure
includes certain elements;
  • Utilize sector partnerships to advise the development of
career pathway programs for critical occupations in key
industries and to ensure the coordination of education and
workforce initiatives to develop a strong talent pipeline;
and
  • Utilize existing measures and data systems to improve
systems alignment and inter-agency communication.
In working collaboratively, the state council, in partnership with
the department of higher education, the department of education, the
department of labor and employment, and the Colorado office of
economic development shall coordinate the production of an annual
Colorado talent report to include specified information and
recommendations.
The heads of the department of higher education, the department
of education, the department of labor and employment, and the Colorado
office of economic development are required to include the
recommendations from the state council, and any comments they may
wish to add concerning the recommendations, to the house of
representatives and senate committees of reference with jurisdiction over
business issues by January 1, 2015.
The bill authorizes the state council to seek and accept gifts,
grants, or donations from private or public sources for the purposes of the
state council. The bill creates the talent pipeline cash fund in the state
treasury and specifies that the fund consists of any moneys that the state
council receives from gifts, grants, or donations.

Senate SponsorsL. Newell (D)
House SponsorsD. Young (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/21/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: SB14-211
Title: Alzheimers Disease Center
Official Summary

The bill creates the Alzheimer's disease center at the university of
Colorado school of medicine.

Senate SponsorsD. Balmer (R)
M. Johnston (D)
House SponsorsD. Hullinghorst (D)
M. Waller (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (06/05/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time

Bill: SB14-214
Title: PERA Studies Conducted By Actuarial Firm
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The bill requires the state personnel
director to contract with a third party compensation consulting firm with
actuarial expertise and national standing to perform a total compensation
study that includes the retirement benefits provided by the public
employees' retirement association (PERA). The bill requires the state
personnel director to submit to the governor and the joint budget
committee, along with the annual compensation report, an addendum with
the total compensation study that includes retirement benefits. The state
personnel director is required to submit the addendum by January 15,
2015, and by January 15 every 8th year thereafter.
In addition to the study required by the state personnel director, the
bill requires the state auditor, in cooperation with PERA, to contract with
a nationally recognized and enrolled actuarial firm to conduct the
following analyses of PERA:
  • A comprehensive study comparing the cost and
effectiveness of the current hybrid defined benefit plan
design currently administered by PERA to alternative plan
designs in both the public and private sector; and
  • A sensitivity analysis to determine when, from an actuarial
perspective, model assumptions are meeting targets and
achieving sustainability.
The bill requires PERA and the state auditor to confer with the
office of state planning and budgeting regarding the scope of the analyses
required. The bill also requires PERA and the state auditor to provide 2
reports, by specified dates, detailing the findings of the studies to the
governor, the joint budget committee, the legislative audit committee, and
the finance committees of the senate and the house of representatives.
The bill requires PERA to provide access to official member
information and data under a confidentiality agreement with the retained
firms for all 3 studies. The bill also requires the state personnel director
and the state auditor to notify the joint budget committee if they
determine that the amount appropriated by the general assembly for the
purposes of the applicable studies is insufficient to procure a vendor to
complete the scope of the work required.
The bill makes the following appropriations for the 2014-15 state
fiscal year for the implementation of the bill:
  • Appropriates $125,000 to the department of personnel from
the general fund for vendor contract expenses.
  • Appropriates $375,000 to the legislative department from
the general fund to be allocated to the office of the state
auditor for vendor contract expenses.

Senate SponsorsP. Steadman (D)
K. Lambert (R)
House SponsorsC. Gerou (R)
J. May (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (06/04/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
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