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Bill: HB16-1001
Title: State Contr Certify Compliance With Equal Pay Laws
Axiom Remarks

CACI-Oppose

Position
Category

General Business

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
J. Danielson (D)
Official Summary

The bill requires a business that bids for a contract with a
governmental body to submit with its bid certification that it is in
compliance with state and federal equal pay standards and laws; except
that this requirement does not apply to businesses that have 50 or fewer
employees.
The executive director of the department of personnel, or the
executive director's designee (executive director), is required to develop
a form for a business to use to certify that it is in compliance with equal
pay standards and laws and that, if awarded a contract, it will remain in
compliance with such standards and laws throughout the term of the
contract. The executive director is required to ensure that the form
requires a business to certify certain general information regarding its
employees and employment and hiring practices in connection with equal
pay laws.
A business that is awarded a contract is required to ensure that any
subcontractor that it uses to fulfill the terms of the contract is also in
compliance with equal pay standards and laws.
All businesses that are awarded contracts by a governmental body
or that are subcontractors for a business that was awarded a contract by
a governmental body are required to keep and maintain certain
information related to their employees, broken down into categories by
gender, race, ethnicity, and national origin, for the term of the contract
with the governmental body.
If, after awarding a contract to a business, a governmental body
determines that the business knowingly submitted false information on
the certification form for equal pay compliance required by the bill, the
governmental body is required to terminate the contract.

Senate SponsorsJ. Ulibarri (D)
Status (03/30/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1001
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 35
No:  29
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 34
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  29
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1002
Title: Employee Leave Attend Child's Academic Activities
Axiom Remarks

CACI Neutral

Position
Category

General Business

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
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.

Senate SponsorsA. Kerr (D)
Status (03/09/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1002
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 36
No:  30
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 34
No:  0
Yes: 1
No:  30
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1004
Title: Measurable Goals Deadlines CO Climate Action Plan
Axiom Remarks

CACI-Oppose

Position
Category

Climate

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsF. Winter (D)
J. Arndt (D)
Official Summary

The bill requires:
  • The state climate action plan to include specific measurable
goals, the achievement of which will either reduce
Colorado's greenhouse gas emissions or increase
Colorado's adaptive capability to respond to climate
change, along with associated near-term, mid-term, and
long-term deadlines to achieve the goals; and
  • The annual climate report to the general assembly to
include an analysis of the progress made in meeting the
measurable goals and deadlines specified in the plan.

Senate SponsorsJ. Kefalas (D)
Status (03/30/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1004
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 35
No:  31
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 34
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  31
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1037
Title: Income Tax Credit Empl Of Persons With Disab
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Tax

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Windholz (R)
Official Summary

Interim Committee to Study Vocational Rehabilitative Services
for the Blind. The bill creates an income tax credit with 2 different
incentives for employers in order to encourage the employment of persons
with disabilities who are determined to be qualified employees, as defined
in the bill. First, it would provide a credit for a certain percentage of the
qualified employee's gross wages for a limited period of time. Second, it
would provide a 3-year credit for a portion of the annual costs the
employer incurs for the maintenance, repair, or upgrade of assistive
hardware or software technology that is specifically designed for use by
the qualified employee in order for the qualified employee to perform his
or her job.

Senate SponsorsI. Aguilar (D)
Status (02/17/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1037
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1044
Title: Extend Repeal Dates Petroleum Storage Tank Fund
Axiom Remarks

CACI-Support

Position
Category

Oil & Gas

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Becker (R)
Official Summary

Current law provides that, beginning July 1, 2018, if the available
balance of the petroleum storage tank fund exceeds $8,000,000, no
environmental response surcharge is imposed. Section 1 of the bill
extends that date to September 1, 2023. Current law authorizing the use
of the petroleum storage tank fund for petroleum storage tank facility
inspections and meter calibrations repeals on July 1, 2018. Section 2
extends this date to September 1, 2023.

Senate SponsorsO. Hill (R)
Status (03/02/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1044
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 65
No:  0
Yes: 36
No:  0
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 48
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1047
Title: Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
Axiom Remarks

CACI-Support

Position
Category

Health Care

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsP. Buck (R)
F. Winter (D)
Official Summary

The bill enacts and authorizes the governor to enter into an
interstate compact with other states to recognize and allow physicians
licensed in a compact member state to obtain an expedited license,
enabling them to practice medicine in Colorado or another member state.

Senate SponsorsL. Newell (D)
E. Roberts (R)
Status (06/08/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1047
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 64
No:  2
Yes: 33
No:  1
Yes: 50
No:  0
Yes: 45
No:  3
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1061
Title: Military Installation Transp Needs Planning
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Military Affairs

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsD. Nordberg (R)
T. Carver (R)
Official Summary

The bill requires the comprehensive statewide transportation plan
prepared by the department of transportation to include an emphasis on
coordination with federal military installations in the state to identify the
transportation infrastructure needs of the installations and ensure that
those needs are given full consideration during the formation of the plan.

Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
Status (03/31/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1061
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 63
No:  2
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 50
No:  1
Yes: 46
No:  1
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1071
Title: County Initiative Powers
Axiom Remarks

CACI-Oppose

Position
Category

Local Government

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Windholz (R)
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill makes the powers of a county subject to the
rights of the registered electors of county governments to exercise the
power of initiative granted to them by the bill.
Section 2 of the bill grants to the registered electors of every
county of the state, including the residents of any unincorporated portion
of such county, initiative powers similar to those reserved by the people
of the state under the state constitution with respect to all countywide
legislation of every character in and for their respective counties. The
initiative powers granted by the bill also extend to the registered electors
of any special taxing district created by a county with respect to all
legislation of every character in and for such district.
In order to exercise the right of initiative granted by the bill, the
registered electors of a county acting as the petitioners of the proposed
initiative may submit a proposed ordinance or other form of legislation
(proposed ordinance) to the board of county commissioners of the county
(county board) by filing written notice of the proposed ordinance with the
county clerk and recorder. Within 180 days after the notice, the
petitioners are required to file with the county clerk and recorder an
initiative petition signed by at least 5% of the registered electors of the
entire county voting in the last general election. However, if the proposed
ordinance affects only a geographic portion of the entire county, the
number of signatures required is equal to 5% of the registered electors in
only the affected geographic portion of the county.
Section 2 of the bill also specifies duties placed upon the county
clerk and recorder in determining whether the signature requirement has
been met, certifying the text of the proposed ordinance, and determining
whether only a geographic portion of the county is affected by the
proposed ordinance.
The proposed ordinance may be adopted without alteration by the
county board within 20 days following the final determination that the
petition is legally sufficient. If the county board fails to adopt the
proposed ordinance, the bill requires the legislative body to publish the
proposed ordinance in the same manner as other ordinances or forms of
legislation are published and to refer the proposed ordinance to the
registered electors of the county for their approval or rejection at a regular
or special election held not less than 60 days and not more than 150 days
after final determination of the sufficiency of the petition. If the proposed
ordinance affects only a geographic portion of the county, the proposed
ordinance must be referred to only those registered electors residing
within the affected geographic portion of the county.

Senate Sponsors
Status (02/01/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1071
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1078
Title: Local Gov Employee Whistleblower Protection
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

General Business

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsD. Kagan (D)
Official Summary

The bill prohibits a county, municipality, or local education
provider from imposing any disciplinary action against an employee on
account of the employee's statements to any person about the local
government that the employee reasonably believes to show:
  • A violation of a state or federal law, a local ordinance or
resolution, or a local education provider policy;
  • A waste or misuse of public funds;
  • Fraud;
  • An abuse of authority;
  • Mismanagement; or
  • A danger to the health or safety of students, employees, or
the public.
The bill permits an employee to file a written complaint with the
office of administrative courts for referral to an administrative law judge
alleging that a local government has imposed disciplinary action that
violates this prohibition and seeking injunctive relief and damages.
Employees who lose the administrative hearing may file a civil action in
district court. The employee protection does not apply if the disclosure
was false or made with reckless disregard for the truth or falsity thereof,
or if it was of a protected public record or confidential information that
was not reasonably necessary to show one or more of the identified
circumstances.
Administrative law judges are given jurisdiction to hear,
determine, and make findings and awards on all these whistleblower
cases. The director of the office of administrative courts is required to
establish rules to govern these proceedings and hearings.

Senate SponsorsM. Hodge (D)
Status (04/27/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1078
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 36
No:  30
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 34
No:  0
Yes: 1
No:  30
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1087
Title: Increase Vendor Fee For Collecting State Sales Tax
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Becker (R)
Official Summary

A retailer that collects sales tax is currently allowed to retain 3
1/3% of the tax reported to cover the expense of collecting and remitting
the tax. This amount is know as the vendor's fee. The bill increases this
amount gradually over a period of 5 years until it equals 5 1/2% of the tax
reported.

Senate Sponsors
Status (03/16/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1087
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1088
Title: Fire Protection Dist Impact Fee On New Development
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Land Use

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsT. Dore (R)
Official Summary

The bill authorizes the board of a fire protection district to impose
an impact fee on the construction of new buildings, structures, facilities,
or improvements, including oil and gas wells, on previously improved or
on unimproved real property, if the impact fee is:
  • Reasonably related to the overall cost of the fire protection
district's services; and
  • Imposed in accordance with a fee schedule that is
legislatively adopted by the board and that applies to all
construction of new buildings, structures, facilities, or
improvements.
At least 60 days before imposing the impact fee, a district shall
notify in writing overlapping municipalities and counties of their right to
comment on the district imposing impact fees.

Senate SponsorsE. Roberts (R)
Status (06/08/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1088
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 42
No:  22
Yes: 25
No:  9
Yes: 49
No:  0
Yes: 16
No:  31
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1091
Title: Change Due Dates For Elec Util Transmission Plans
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Energy

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsD. Mitsch Bush (D)
D. Thurlow (R)
Official Summary

Legislation adopted in 2007 required rate-regulated electric
utilities to conduct biennial reviews, on or before October 31 of each
odd-numbered year, in which the utilities developed plans for transmitting
electricity from geographic areas in which energy resources were likely
to be available to where the electricity would be needed. The bill
preserves the requirement for biennial review but changes the due date for
those reviews from October 31 to another date determined by the
Colorado public utilities commission. The bill also deletes existing
requirements that:
  • Reviews be simultaneously conducted by the Colorado
public utilities commission; and
  • The commission issue an order approving or rejecting an
application for a certificate of public convenience and
necessity for construction or expansion of transmission
facilities within 180 days.

Senate SponsorsJ. Sonnenberg (R)
Status (03/23/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1091
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 66
No:  0
Yes: 34
No:  0
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 47
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1102
Title: Drug Production Costs Transparency Requirements
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Haelthcare

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
Official Summary

The bill requires a drug manufacturer that produces a prescription
drug made available in Colorado and for which the wholesale acquisition
cost equals or exceeds $50,000 per year or per course of treatment to
submit a report to the Colorado commission on affordable health care
(commission) detailing the production costs for the drug. The report is to
include:
  • Costs for research and development;
  • Clinical trials and regulatory costs;
  • Costs for materials, manufacturing, and administration
attributable to the drug;
  • Costs paid by another entity, including grants, subsidies, or
other support;
  • Acquisition costs, including patents and licensing costs;
  • Marketing and advertising costs.
Additionally, a manufacturer must report the cumulative annual
history of increases in the average wholesale price and wholesale
acquisition cost of the drug, the total company profits attributable to the
drug, and the total amount of financial assistance the manufacturer has
provided through patient prescription assistance programs.
Manufacturers must submit the report to the commission by
August 1, 2016.
By June 1, 2016, the commission must develop a form for
manufacturers to use to submit the report. Additionally, the commission
is to submit a report to the general assembly by December 1, 2016, that
outlines the information reported by drug manufacturers and contains any
recommendations the commission may have regarding legislative,
administrative, or other policy changes based on the data received from
drug manufacturers.

Senate SponsorsL. Newell (D)
E. Roberts (R)
Status (03/10/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1102
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1107
Title: DORA Admin Complaint Time Frames
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Joshi (R)
Official Summary

Current law contains no time limitations for administrative
complaints against persons regulated by the department of regulatory
agencies. The bill enacts a 7-year time limit on administrative complaints
against persons regulated by the department of regulatory agencies. The
bill also requires the professions and occupations licensing authorities in
the department of regulatory agencies to render a final decision in a
disciplinary proceeding against a person regulated by the department of
regulatory agencies within 2 years after the making of a motion,
commencement of an investigation, or filing of a complaint.

Senate Sponsors
Status (02/22/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1107
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1112
Title: Training Vets To Train Service Dogs Pilot Program
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Military Affairs

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsL. Landgraf (R)
Official Summary

The bill creates the training veterans to train their own service
dogs pilot program (program) and the training veterans to train their own
service dogs pilot program fund. The purpose of the program is to
identify a group of up to 10 eligible veterans, as defined by federal law
and who have been referred by a qualified mental health professional, to
participate in the program, to pair with dogs. The dogs will be identified
by qualified canine trainers in conjunction with the veterans. The
participants will foster, train, and ultimately utilize the dog he or she has
been paired with as a service or companion animal. The program will
further offer those veterans who graduate from the program with a trained
dog the opportunity and necessary follow-along services to expand the
program, if willing, through identifying, fostering, and training a
subsequent dog for another eligible veteran who is unable to complete
one or more parts of the process due to physical or other limitations.
The executive director of the department of human services
(director) shall establish and post criteria, including eligibility criteria, for
the program. The director shall establish guidelines and timelines for a
request for proposals process to select a nonprofit entity (nonprofit) to
facilitate operations for the program. The chosen nonprofit shall record
and report measurable outcomes to the director.

Senate SponsorsL. Crowder (R)
Status (06/10/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1112
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 56
No:  10
Yes: 32
No:  4
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 35
No:  14
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1114
Title: Repeal Duplicate Reporting Requirements
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsB. DelGrosso (R)
Official Summary

The bill eliminates current employment verification standards that:
  • Require each employer in Colorado to attest that the
employer has verified the legal work status of each
employee, has not altered or falsified the employee's
identification documents, and has not knowingly hired an
unauthorized alien;
  • Require each employer in Colorado to submit
documentation to the director of the division of labor
(director) within the department of labor and employment
that demonstrates that the employer is in compliance with
federal employment verification requirements;
  • Authorize the director to conduct random audits of
employers to ensure compliance with the federal laws;
  • Require the director to request documentation if the
director receives a valid complaint that an employer is not
in compliance with federal law; and
  • Fine an employer for failing to provide documentation or
for the provision of fraudulent documentation.

Senate SponsorsJ. Ulibarri (D)
Status (06/08/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1114
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 66
No:  0
Yes: 36
No:  0
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 49
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1125
Title: Aligning Definition Of Veteran With Federal Law
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Military Affairs

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsC. Roupe (R)
Official Summary

The bill creates a Colorado statutory reference to conform with the
federal definition of veteran.

Senate SponsorsR. Baumgardner (R)
Status (03/22/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1125
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 66
No:  0
Yes: 36
No:  0
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 49
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1134
Title: Service-disabled Veteran-owned Bus In Procurement
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Military Affairs

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsT. Carver (R)
Official Summary

In 2014, the general assembly established a goal that, in awarding
contracts that are subject to the state Procurement Code, the state would
award at least 3% of all contracts by dollar value to service-disabled
veteran-owned small businesses. The bill changes the procurement goal
into a requirement as follows:
  • In the 2016-17 fiscal year, at least one percent of state
contracts by dollar value shall be awarded to
service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses;
  • In the 2017-18 fiscal year, at least 2% of state contracts by
dollar value shall be awarded to service-disabled
veteran-owned small businesses; and
  • In the 2018-19 fiscal year and in each fiscal year thereafter,
at least 3% of state contracts by dollar value shall be
awarded to service-disabled veteran-owned small
businesses.
Current law allows a state agency to grant a preference to a
service-disabled veteran-owned small business to satisfy the procurement
goal. The bill maintains the ability for a state agency to grant such a
preference to satisfy the procurement requirement and also allows a state
agency to grant a preference for a business that includes in its bid that it
will use at least one service-disabled veteran-owned small business as a
subcontractor if the business is awarded the contract. The bill also
authorizes a state agency to include work performed by a subcontractor
that is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business to satisfy the
procurement requirements.
If a business is given a preference on the basis of using one or
more service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses as a subcontractor,
the bill requires the business to submit certain information to the state
agency that awarded the contract regarding the number of such
subcontractors used and the approximate dollar value of work that was
performed by such subcontractors.
Current law requires a business to be certified as a service-disabled
veteran-owned small business by the center for veterans enterprise within
the United States department of veterans affairs before being given a
preference. Due to the significant amount of time that it takes for a
business owner to obtain a service-disabled veteran-owned small business
certification, the bill extends service-disabled veteran-owned eligibility
to business owners who have applied for certification from the center for
veterans enterprise and who have submitted certain documentation to the
secretary of state's office regarding the business owner's release or
discharge from active duty military, the business owner's military
service-related disability, and the business owner's efforts to become an
officially registered and verified service-disabled veteran-owned small
business by the center for veterans enterprise.
The bill directs the secretary of state to create and maintain on its
website a list of businesses that have not yet been officially registered and
verified as a service-disabled veteran-owned small business by the center
for veterans enterprise but that have submitted the required
documentation for service-disabled veteran-owned small business
eligibility. The bill specifies that businesses that are on the list maintained
by the secretary of state are eligible for a preference in state contracting
and authorizes a state agency to include work performed by businesses on
the list to satisfy the procurement requirements.
In addition, the bill modifies the information that a business must
submit with a bid to be eligible to receive the preference and modifies
existing reporting requirements.

Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
Status (03/10/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1134
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1154
Title: Employer Definition Clarify Franchisee Status
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

General Business

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsB. DelGrosso (R)
Official Summary

The bill clarifies that the definition of employer only includes a
person that possesses authority to control an employee's terms and
conditions of employment and actually exercises that authority directly.
The bill specifies that a franchisor is not considered an employer of a
franchisee's employees unless a court finds that a franchisor exercises a
type or degree of control over the franchisee or the franchisee's employees
not customarily exercised by a franchisor for the purpose of protecting the
franchisor's trademarks and brand.

Senate Sponsors
Status (03/16/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1154
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1156
Title: Extend Pay Transparency Protection All Employees
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

General Business

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Salazar (D)
J. Danielson (D)
Official Summary

Current law states that it is a discriminatory and unfair labor
practice for an employer to discharge, discipline, discriminate against,
coerce, intimidate, threaten, or interfere with any employee or other
person because the employee inquired about, disclosed, compared, or
otherwise discussed the employee's wages, unless otherwise permitted by
federal law. Federal law exempts certain classes of employers from
discrimination laws. The bill strikes the reference to that exemption and
extends the current law to those classes of employers, thereby providing
discrimination protections to all employees.

Senate SponsorsR. Heath (D)
K. Donovan (D)
Status (04/19/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1156
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 41
No:  25
Yes: 17
No:  18
Yes: 50
No:  0
Yes: 6
No:  43
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1157
Title: Sunset Review Skolnik Medical Transparency Act
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Health Care

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
A. Garnett (D)
Official Summary

Sunset Process - House Business Affairs and Labor
Committee. In accordance with the recommendation of the department
of regulatory agencies contained in its sunset review, the bill establishes
a separate, periodic sunset review for the health care professions profile
program, established in the Michael Skolnik Medical Transparency Act
of 2010. The initial sunset review will occur in 2020, with a termination
date of September 1, 2021, if the program is not extended.

Senate SponsorsJ. Tate (R)
Status (04/14/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1157
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 64
No:  0
Yes: 36
No:  0
Yes: 50
No:  0
Yes: 49
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1166
Title: Prohibit Seeking Salary History For Job Applicants
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

General Business

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
F. Winter (D)
Official Summary

The bill makes it an unfair employment practice for an employer
to seek salary history information, including compensation and benefits,
about an applicant for employment.

Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
Status (03/30/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1166
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 35
No:  31
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 34
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  31
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1167
Title: Colorado Family First Employer Act
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

General Business

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
F. Winter (D)
Official Summary

The bill creates the Colorado Family First Employer Act. The
Colorado family first employer program, created in the bill, requires the
department of labor and employment (department) to establish a program
that designates Colorado employers that meet certain family-friendly
criteria as Colorado family first employers. The office of the governor is
authorized to recognize the employers who have been certified by the
department with an award. The designated employers may use a logo,
created by the office of the governor, for promotional purposes.

Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
K. Donovan (D)
Status (05/02/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1167
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 37
No:  29
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 34
No:  0
Yes: 2
No:  29
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1181
Title: Local Government Fracking Ban Liable Royalties
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Local Government

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsP. Buck (R)
Official Summary

The bill specifies that a local government that bans hydraulic
fracturing of an oil and gas well is liable to the mineral interest owner for
the value of the lost royalties.

Senate Sponsors
Status (02/24/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1181
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1191
Title: Bill Of Rights For Persons Who Are Homeless
Axiom Remarks

The bill creates the Colorado Right to Rest Act, which establishes basic rights for persons experiencing homelessness, including, but not limited to, the right to use and move freely in public spaces without discrimination, to rest in public spaces without discrimination, to eat or accept food in any public space where food is not prohibited, to occupy a legally parked vehicle, and to have a reasonable expectation of privacy of one's property. The bill does not create an obligation for a
provider of services for persons experiencing homelessness to provide shelter or services when none are available.  This bill differs from last year's Homeless Bill of Rights in that it does not create a new private right of action.  However, it does still include "shopping centers" in the definition of "public space" and prohibits local governments from adopting or enforcing laws such as certain camping and loitering bans.

Position
Category

General Business

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
J. Salazar (D)
Official Summary

The bill creates the Colorado Right to Rest Act, which
establishes basic rights for persons experiencing homelessness, including,
but not limited to, the right to use and move freely in public spaces
without discrimination, to rest in public spaces without discrimination, to
eat or accept food in any public space where food is not prohibited, to
occupy a legally parked vehicle, and to have a reasonable expectation of
privacy of one's property. The bill does not create an obligation for a
provider of services for persons experiencing homelessness to provide
shelter or services when none are available.

Senate Sponsors
Status (02/24/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1191
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1197
Title: Military Veteran Occupational Credentials
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Military

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
T. Carver (R)
Official Summary

The bill requires each state agency that regulates a profession or
occupation to evaluate and provide appropriate credit toward licensing
and certification for military experience. Specifically, each agency must:
  • Evaluate the extent to which military training meets state
requirements;
  • Identify reciprocity mechanisms with other states;
  • Determine if an occupational exam is available to authorize
a veteran to practice an occupation;
  • Document the results and publish a summary of pathways
available to a veteran to obtain authorization to practice an
occupation;
  • Identify, where appropriate, those professions or
occupations whose licencing and credentials are based on
passing an exam;
  • Consult with community colleges and other post-secondary
educational institutions with regard to bridge programs to
cover educational gaps and refresher courses for lapsed
credentials; and
  • Consider adopting a national credentialing exam.
Each state agency may consult with any military official, state
agency, or post-secondary educational institution, and each
post-secondary educational institution is obligated to cooperate.
Goals for compliance are set in a legislative declaration. Each state
agency will report progress each year, until 2023.

Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
L. Crowder (R)
Status (05/20/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1197
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 63
No:  3
Yes: 34
No:  2
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 44
No:  5
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1202
Title: Mandatory Employer E-verify Participation
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

General Business

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsC. Wist (R)
Official Summary

Current law requires employers in Colorado to examine the legal
work status of newly hired employees, within 20 days after hiring, using
paper-based forms of identification. The bill will instead require all
employers, upon hiring a new employee on or after January 1, 2017, to
participate in the federal electronic verification program (e-verify
program) to determine the work eligibility status of newly hired
employees. Employers must retain a written or electronic copy of the
employment eligibility information received through the e-verify program
regarding each newly hired employee, and the director of the division of
labor (director) in the department of labor and employment (department)
may review employers' documentation and conduct random audits of
employers to ensure compliance.
An employer is subject to a fine of up to $5,000 for a first offense
and up to $25,000 for a second offense if the employer knowingly:
  • Fails to submit the required documentation to the director;
  • Submits false or fraudulent documentation; or
  • Fails to participate in the e-verify program.
For a subsequent offense, the employer is subject to a fine of up to
$25,000 and suspension of all the employer's business licenses for up to
6 months.
The bill also requires the department, as part of its quarterly
electronic publication to all employers in the state, to notify employers of
the requirements of the bill and to include a link to its website, on which
a permanent notice must be posted detailing the requirements of the bill
and instructions for enrolling in the e-verify program. The secretary of
state's website must also include information regarding the requirements
of the bill and the penalties for noncompliance.
The bill takes effect January 1, 2017.

Senate SponsorsJ. Tate (R)
Status (03/09/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1202
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1206
Title: Allow Service Members Keep Location Info Private
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Military Affairs

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsD. Nordberg (R)
Official Summary

The bill allows persons who served in the military since September
11, 2001, and their immediate family members to, upon request, make
their current location information exempt from electronic disclosure
under the Colorado Open Records Act.

Senate Sponsors
Status (03/14/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1206
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1232
Title: Sunset DOR Private Letter Ruling & Gen Info Letter
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
Official Summary

Sunset Process - House Business Affairs and Labor
Committee. Currently, the executive director of department of revenue
(department), or the executive director's designee, is charged with issuing
the following upon written request from a taxpayer:
  • Private letter rulings (binding determinations regarding the
tax consequences of a proposed or completed transaction);
and
  • Information letters (nonbinding statements providing
general information regarding any tax administered by the
department).
This duty is currently scheduled to sunset on September 1, 2016.
The bill continues the requirement of the department to issue these letters
until September 1, 2023.
The bill also specifies that the department must track the total state
full-time equivalent (FTE) personnel positions necessary and the hours
dedicated by each FTE for the issuance, declination, modification, or
revocation of all information letters or private letter rulings.

Senate SponsorsR. Baumgardner (R)
J. Tate (R)
Status (06/10/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1232
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 65
No:  0
Yes: 36
No:  0
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 48
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1267
Title: Colorado Veterans' Service-To-Career Pilot Program
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsP. Lee (D)
R. Fields (D)
Official Summary

The bill creates the Colorado veterans' service-to-career pilot
program (program) for the purpose of enhancing work force center
services that are not available under federal law. The department of labor
and employment will select one or more work force centers to contract
with a nonprofit agency to administer the program. Work force centers
selected by the department and the nonprofit agency shall develop and
expand programs to provide work force development-related services
specifically tailored to the unique needs and talents of veterans, spouses,
and other eligible participants. The services provided by the program may
include:
  • Skills training;
  • Opportunities for apprenticeship placements;
  • Opportunities for internship placements;
  • Opportunities for work placements with businesses or other
organizations; and
  • Support services.
The department shall develop a grant program so that work force
centers may apply for money to administer the program. Money for the
internships and apprenticeships may come from the employer, federal
money, and grant money though the general fund. The bill outlines
specific requirements that work force centers must meet in order to apply
to the grant program.

Senate SponsorsM. Carroll (D)
L. Woods (R)
Status (05/20/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1267
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 42
No:  24
Yes: 31
No:  5
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 20
No:  29
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1270
Title: Security Interest Owner's Interest In Bus Entity
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsP. Lee (D)
Official Summary

Under current law, the Uniform Commercial Code (Code)
invalidates contractual limits on the transferability of some assets that can
be subject to a security interest. In 2006, the Colorado Corporations and
Associations Act (Act) was amended to clearly and broadly exempt an
owner's interest in a business entity from these Code provisions to
effectuate the pick your partner principle that allows small businesses
to control their ownership. Section 3 of the bill narrows the exemption in
the Act to that necessary for pick your partner, and sections 1 and 2
codify this narrowed exemption in the Code.

Senate SponsorsM. Scheffel (R)
R. Heath (D)
Status (04/21/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1270
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 66
No:  0
Yes: 36
No:  0
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 49
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1275
Title: Taxation Of Corp Income Sheltered In Tax Haven
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsM. Foote (D)
B. Pettersen (D)
Official Summary

The bill pertains to an affiliated group of corporations filing a
combined report. In a combined report filing, the tax is based on a
percentage of the entire taxable income of all of the includable
corporations, but the tax is assessed only against the corporation or
corporations doing business in Colorado. Including more affiliated
corporations in the combined report may result in an increase in income
subject to tax.
There are jurisdictions located outside of the United States with no
tax or very low rates of taxation, strict bank secrecy provisions, a lack of
transparency in the operation of its tax system, and a lack of effective
exchange of information with other countries. There are several common
legal strategies for sheltering corporate income in such jurisdictions, often
called tax havens.
Notwithstanding a current requirement in state law that those
corporations with 80% or more of their property and payroll assigned to
locations outside of the United States be excluded from a combined
report, the bill makes a corporation that is incorporated in a foreign
jurisdiction for the purpose of tax avoidance an includable C corporation
for purposes of the combined report.
The bill defines a corporation incorporated in a foreign jurisdiction
for the purpose of tax avoidance to mean any C corporation that is
incorporated in a jurisdiction that has no or nominal effective tax on the
relevant income and that meets one or more of 5 factors listed in the bill,
unless it is proven to the satisfaction of the executive director of the
department of revenue that such corporation is incorporated in that
jurisdiction for a legitimate business purpose.
The bill requires the state controller to credit a specified amount
per fiscal year to the state education fund to be used to help fund public
school education.
The bill requires the secretary of state to submit a ballot question,
to be treated as a proposition, at the statewide election to be held in
November 2016 asking the voters:
  • To increase taxes annually by the taxation of a
corporation's state income that is sheltered in a foreign
jurisdiction for the purpose of tax avoidance;
  • To use the resulting tax revenue to help fund elementary
and secondary public school education; and
  • To allow an estimate of the resulting tax revenue to be
collected and spent notwithstanding any limitations in
section 20 of article X of the state constitution (TABOR).

Senate SponsorsM. Jones (D)
K. Donovan (D)
Status (03/28/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1275
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 35
No:  30
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 34
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  30
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1351
Title: Land Transfers For Veterans Housing
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Windholz (R)
Official Summary

The bill directs the executive director of the department of human
services to convey 2 suitable and mutually agreed upon parcels of land of
not more than 1.5 acres each on the Fitzsimons campus to the housing
authority of the city of Aurora (AHA) subject to the condition that the
AHA develop transitional housing, including short-, medium-, and
long-term temporary housing provided to a veteran with a disability in
combination with wraparound services in order to assist the veteran in
developing stability in his or her life, for homeless veterans and veterans
with disabilities on one parcel and housing with domiciliary care for
veterans with disabilities and their spouses and legal dependents on the
other parcel. The bill also clarifies that current state law that states that a
new veterans center may only be built if existing veterans centers in the
state have maintained an 80% occupancy rate over the 6-month period
preceding the commencement of construction and that a new veterans
center must include at least 120 beds does not apply to the projects.

Senate SponsorsL. Crowder (R)
Status (03/28/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1351
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1388
Title: Employer Hiring Criminal History Employee
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsE. McCann (D)
Official Summary

The bill generally prohibits an employer from:
  • Advertising that a person with a criminal history may not
apply for a position;
  • Placing a statement in an employment application that a
person with a criminal history may not apply for a position;
or
  • Making an inquiry about a candidate's arrests or criminal
convictions until the candidate has been offered an
interview or a conditional offer of employment.
An employer is exempt from these restrictions when:
  • The law forbids a person from being employed on account
of a criminal conviction or requires an employer to
consider a candidate's criminal history for the job;
  • The employer is participating in a program to encourage
employment of people with criminal histories; or
  • The job requires a fidelity bond and the criminal history
would disqualify the candidate.
An employer must keep applications for 9 months. The department
of labor and employment will enforce the section with civil penalties. A
violation of the restrictions does not create a private cause of action.

Senate SponsorsM. Merrifield (D)
L. Guzman (D)
Status (05/04/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1388
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 36
No:  29
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 34
No:  0
Yes: 1
No:  29
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1397
Title: Completion Fitzsimons Veterans Community Living
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsS. Ryden (D)
J. Windholz (R)
Official Summary

The bill directs the department of human services (department) to
continue to plan, design, and develop the Fitzsimons state veterans
community living center in Aurora for its completion (Fitzsimons
project). The department must work in compliance with the 1999
memorandum of agreement between the Fitzsimons Redevelopment
Authority, the city of Aurora, and the department, as well as collaborate
and seek input, as appropriate, from those same groups, the state board of
veterans affairs, the department of local affairs, and a statewide coalition
of veterans organizations. If the department deems it is in the best interest
of veterans and the state, and if it is consistent with the plan for the
completion of the Fitzsimons project, the department may lease, with
express provisions, portions of the property to another state or local
governmental entity for development or operation to provide services to
veterans who are homeless, veterans with disabilities, older or low
income veterans, or qualifying family members of veterans.
The department will be the lead agency in the Fitzsimons project.
The goal of the Fitzsimons project is to provide a continuum of residential
care options, including domiciliary and assisted living, permanent
supportive housing, transitional housing, and any other residential or
supportive services as may be needed or beneficial exclusively for older
veterans, veterans with disabilities, homeless veterans, and qualifying
family members of veterans.
The department shall include updates on the Fitzsimons project in
its annual report and shall provide a copy of such updates to the capital
development committee, the joint budget committee, and the state,
veterans, and military affairs committees of the house of representatives
and the senate, or any successor committees. The department shall also
prepare and submit written progress reports to the state, veterans, and
military affairs committees of the house of representatives and the senate,
or any successor committees, on or before December 31, 2016, and on or
before June 30, 2017.

Senate SponsorsM. Hodge (D)
L. Crowder (R)
Status (06/01/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1397
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 65
No:  1
Yes: 34
No:  1
Yes: 50
No:  0
Yes: 47
No:  2
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1432
Title: Personnel Files Employee Inspection Right
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsF. Winter (D)
Official Summary

The bill allows an employee or former employee at least annually
to request that his or her employer permit the employee or former
employee to inspect or request copies of the employee's or former
employee's personnel file at the employer's office and at a time
convenient to both the employer and the employee or former employee.
Employees or former employees are required to pay reasonable costs of
duplication of documents.

Senate SponsorsA. Kerr (D)
Status (06/10/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1432
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 40
No:  26
Yes: 23
No:  13
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 10
No:  39
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1435
Title: Low-wage Employer Corporate Responsibility Act
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsC. Duran (D)
K. Becker (D)
Official Summary

The bill, known as the Corporate Responsibility Act, creates the
employment-related public benefits enterprise (enterprise) as a
government-owned business and type 1 agency within the department of
health care policy and financing (HCPF). The enterprise has the business
purpose of improving the health of the pool of workers for low-wage
employment and their families and thereby benefitting low-wage
employers by giving them access to a healthier pool of workers. The
board of directors of the enterprise (board) consists of 7 members
appointed by the governor: 2 who are representatives of employers; 2 who
are representatives of organized labor; one who is employed and is
receiving assistance under a state-subsidized health care assistance
program; one who represents a nonprofit organization that provides health
care services to low-income individuals; and one who represents a
nonprofit organization that advocates in support of health care services
for low-income individuals. Various powers of the enterprise are
specified.
On and after January 1, 2017, the enterprise must impose an
employment-related public benefits fee (fee) based on a per-hour worked
basis for each employee of a low-wage employer that employs 250 or
more employees in Colorado, but a low-wage employer may credit health
care expenditures to or on behalf of a low-wage employee against the
public benefits fee for each low-wage employee's hours. The enterprise
must set the fee in an amount that is reasonably calculated to reflect the
benefit received by such employers from the provision of state-subsidized
health care program assistance to low-wage employees in the state and the
costs to the state of providing that assistance but is neither less than 25
cents nor more than one dollar per hour worked. So long as the enterprise
meets the constitutional requirements for enterprise status under the
taxpayer's bill of rights, fee revenue does not count against the state fiscal
year spending limit.
The employment-related public benefits fee fund (fund) is created
in the state treasury, and all fee revenue and interest and income derived
from the deposit and investment of the fund is credited to the fund. The
enterprise may expend money from the fund to support and improve
health care services provided to individuals who are eligible to receive
services under the Colorado Medical Assistance Act and to defray its
administrative expenses in implementing and administering provisions of
the bill. It is prohibited to transfer money in the fund to any other state
fund or department or agency of state government.
Employers are prohibited from taking various specified actions,
including the discharge of low-wage employees during a specified period
following the implementation of the fee, for the purpose of avoiding or
reducing their liability for the fee. Employers are prohibited from
retaliating against employees for whistleblowing or taking various other
specified actions relating to implementation or enforcement of the bill,
such retaliation is defined as an unfair employment practice, and an
employee retaliated against may file a complaint with the Colorado civil
rights division. The attorney general and district attorneys are
concurrently responsible for the enforcement of the Corporate
Responsibility Act.

Senate SponsorsJ. Kefalas (D)
J. Ulibarri (D)
Status (05/10/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1435
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 35
No:  31
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 34
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  31
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB16-1453
Title: Colorado Cybersecurity Initiative
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsM. Hamner (D)
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The Colorado cybersecurity council
(council) is created in the department of public safety to operate as a
steering group to develop cybersecurity policy guidance for the governor,
develop comprehensive goals, requirements, initiatives, and milestones,
and to coordinate with the general assembly and the judicial branch
regarding cybersecurity. The council is comprised of specified officers
from the governor's office, executive branch agencies, military
organizations, institutions of higher education, the attorney general's
office, and the state auditor's office.
The department of public safety may coordinate with specified
entities to define the operational requirements for in-state and interstate
operational and training networks. The coordinating entities may:
  • Consider establishing memoranda of understanding or
interstate compacts with entities that encourage the
interstate sharing of information for cybersecurity;
  • Support the requirements for the fusion of cyber defense,
cyber surveillance, and international and domestic
intelligence and law enforcement operations;
  • Consider network infrastructures for interstate cyber
training and operations;
  • Support secure Colorado requirements to identify threats
and vulnerabilities, defend state cyber infrastructures, and
investigate and enforce cyber-related crimes; and
  • Conduct training, inspections, and operational exercises.
The university of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), in
partnership with a nonprofit organization that supports national, state, and
regional cybersecurity initiatives (nonprofit organization), may establish
and expand cyber higher education programs and establish needed cyber
education and training laboratories in specified subject areas. UCCS and
the nonprofit organization may:
  • Coordinate with the United States department of homeland
security and the national security agency to certify cyber
courses and curricula;
  • Coordinate planning for cyber education with appropriate
institutions of higher education;
  • Identify appropriate curricula for community college and
technical certification programs and for elementary and
secondary education feeder programs;
  • Establish a public policy think tank as an academic
research center of excellence for government, academic,
and industrial communications, conferences, research, and
publications; and
  • Establish education, training, and academic symposia for
government leaders at all levels.
UCCS and the nonprofit organization also may establish a secure
environment for research and development, initial operational testing and
evaluation, and expedited contracting for production for industrial cyber
products and techniques and may consider:
  • Creating a business plan to develop a secure facility on the
property of UCCS to allow physical, electronic,
proprietary, and administrative security;
  • Exploring secure facility development and use at other
Colorado universities and facilities;
  • Establishing relationships with appropriate federally
funded research and development corporations under the
sponsorship of the United States department of defense and
the United States department of homeland security;
  • Consider establishing relationships with certain existing
federally funded research and development corporations, or
consider creating a new organization to focus on defense
and homeland security requirements;
  • Establishing cooperative relationships with Colorado cyber
companies and other businesses, local governments, and
other Colorado institutions with requirements for
cybersecurity participation;
  • Establishing cooperative relations with civilian industrial
producers; and
  • Linking to local and national military, homeland security,
and intelligence community activities to support research
and development, rapid test and evaluation, contracting,
and production requirements.
The cybersecurity cash fund (fund) is created in the state treasury.
The fund consists of any money that the general assembly may
appropriate or transfer to the fund. Subject to annual appropriation, the
regents of the university of Colorado may expend money from the fund
for the purposes of the bill. The cybersecurity gifts, grants, and donations
account (account) is created in the fund. The regents of the university of
Colorado may seek, accept, and expend gifts, grants, or donations from
private or public sources for the purposes of the bill and are required to
credit any such gifts, grants, or donations to the account. The moneys in
the account are continuously appropriated to the department of higher
education for use by the regents of the university of Colorado for the
purposes of the bill.

Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
Status (05/20/2016)
Votes on Bill HB16-1453
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 53
No:  13
Yes: 31
No:  5
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 31
No:  18
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB16-001
Title: Unlimited Mil Retirement Benefit Tax Deduction
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Military

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsL. Landgraf (R)
Official Summary

The starting point for determining state income tax liability is
federal taxable income. This number is adjusted for additions and
subtractions (deductions) that are used to determine Colorado taxable
income, which amount is multiplied by the state's 4.63% income tax rate.
Currently, a person who is 55-64 years old may deduct up to $20,000 of
his or her military retirement benefits from federal taxable income, and
a person who is 65 years old or older may deduct up to $24,000.
With respect to military retirement benefits, the bill eliminates
these limits and allows a person to claim a state income tax deduction for
the entire amount.

Senate SponsorsL. Crowder (R)
Status (05/05/2016)
Votes on Bill SB16-001
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 33
No:  1
Yes: 15
No:  1
Yes: 17
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB16-002
Title: Health Exchange Voter Approval To Impose Tax
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Healthcare

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsL. Sias (R)
Official Summary

The bill directs the secretary of state to submit to the voters, at the
November 2016 statewide election, the question of whether the Colorado
health benefit exchange can impose a tax to support its ongoing
operations.

Senate SponsorsK. Lundberg (R)
Status (05/04/2016)
Votes on Bill SB16-002
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 18
No:  18
Yes: 0
No:  17
Yes: 18
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB16-005
Title: Eliminating Statewide Assessments In 9th Grade
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Education

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsL. Saine (R)
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.

Senate SponsorsV. Marble (R)
Status (04/25/2016)
Votes on Bill SB16-005
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB16-006
Title: Health Insurance Exchange Insurance Brokers
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Healthcare

 

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsL. Sias (R)
Official Summary

Colorado Health Insurance Exchange Oversight Committee.
The bill requires the Colorado health benefit exchange (exchange) to
establish a system to refer consumers to qualified insurance brokers to
enroll consumers in health benefit plans. To be qualified, an insurance
broker must be licensed by the commissioner of insurance and be certified
by the exchange.
The system must include the installation of a call center and the
necessary software to make the referrals.

Senate SponsorsB. Martinez Humenik (R)
Status (06/10/2016)
Votes on Bill SB16-006
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 64
No:  2
Yes: 22
No:  14
Yes: 36
No:  15
Yes: 49
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB16-011
Title: Terminate Use Of FASTER Fee Revenue For Transit
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Transportation

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsP. Neville (R)
Official Summary

Under current law, $15 million per year of revenue from the road
safety surcharge, daily vehicle rental fee, supplemental oversize and
overweight vehicle surcharge, supplemental unregistered vehicle fine, and
late vehicle registration fee imposed pursuant to the Funding
Advancements for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery Act
of 2009 (FASTER) is used for transit-related projects as follows:
  • $10 million is used by the department of transportation
(CDOT) for the planning, designing, engineering,
acquisition, installation, construction, repair,
reconstruction, maintenance, operation, or administration
of such projects; and
  • $5 million is credited to the state transit and rail fund and
used by the transit and rail division of CDOT to provide
grants to local governments for local transit projects.
The bill repeals the statutory provisions that require these
transit-related uses of the fee revenue. As a result, the revenue must be
used only for road safety projects, as defined by FASTER.

Senate SponsorsT. Neville (R)
Status (02/17/2016)
Votes on Bill SB16-011
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 18
No:  17
Yes: 0
No:  16
Yes: 18
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB16-016
Title: Modifications To The SCFD
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

General Business

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsD. Hullinghorst (D)
P. Lawrence (R)
Official Summary

In 1987, the general assembly created the scientific and cultural
facilities district (SCFD) in recognition of the importance of scientific
and cultural facilities to residents of the state. Since 1989, the SCFD has
distributed funds from a one-tenth of one percent sales and use tax to
scientific and cultural facilities throughout the 7-county Denver
metropolitan area.
Changes to SCFD ballot question (Section 3). The SCFD's
current authority to levy the sales and use tax expires on June 30, 2018.
Pursuant to its existing statutory authority, the SCFD may submit a ballot
question to the registered voters of the SCFD concerning the extension of
the tax from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2030. The bill amends the
ballot question and other provisions concerning the extension of the
SCFD tax that may be submitted to the voters as follows:
  • Without increasing the total SCFD sales and use tax rate,
modifies the rates of the 3 taxes collected annually by the
SCFD that are used to fund the following:
  • The Denver museum of nature and science, the
Denver art museum, the Denver zoological gardens,
the Denver botanical gardens, and the Denver center
for the performing arts (tier I facilities);
  • Certain regional scientific and cultural facilities
within the district that are not tier I facilities (tier II
facilities); and
  • County scientific and cultural organizations (tier III
facilities);
  • Specifies that the rates of the 3 taxes collected annually by
the SCFD will change after it collects $38 million in
revenue and specifies how such rates will change; and
  • Extends the authority of the SCFD to levy a sales and use
tax 12 years from the date upon which the authority of the
SCFD is scheduled to expire.
Definitions (Sections 1, 5, and 6). The bill redefines cultural
facility and scientific facility to reflect changes in the arts and sciences
fields since the SCFD was created; clarifies that an organization must be
a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization to be a cultural facility or scientific
facility for the purposes of the SCFD; and specifies that a facility's
annual operating income for purposes of the SCFD means income from
mission-based sources and that a facility's paid attendance means the
total paid attendance at all mission-based programs.
Additional district area (Section 2). Some portions of Douglas
county are excluded from the SCFD boundaries. Current law specifies
that those portions of Douglas county may be included in the SCFD if
several criteria are met, including an election to include them prior to
2017. The bill extends the election deadline to 2025.
Items subject to SCFD tax (Sections 3 and 5). Federal law
requires that any taxes collected on aviation fuel must be used at airport
sites. Because the SCFD has had difficulty tracking the source of
revenues to confirm compliance with federal law, the bill exempts the
sale or use of aviation fuel from the SCFD sales and use tax.
SCFD board powers and duties (Section 4). The bill directs the
SCFD board of directors (board) to publish and update annual governance
and transparency notice requirements by posting certain information on
the SCFD website. In addition, the bill removes an obsolete provision
regarding the board's authority.
Deduction for SCFD's costs (Section 5). The bill increases the
percentage of SCFD sales and use tax proceeds that the board is
authorized to keep for administrative purposes to 1.5% of the sales and
use tax revenues annually collected. The bill clarifies that the board may
deduct up to 1.5% of the sales and use tax revenues annually collected up
to and including $38 million and up to 1.5% of the sales and use tax
revenues annually collected in excess of $38 million.
Tier I facilities (Section 5). Beginning July 1, 2018, the bill
changes the distribution of tier I moneys to tier I facilities as follows:
  • Decreases the distribution to the Denver museum of nature
and science from 25% to 24.5%;
  • Decreases the distribution to the Denver art museum from
20.83% to 20.33%;
  • Increases the distribution to the Denver botanical gardens
from 11.75% to 13.25%;
  • Decreases the distribution to the Denver center for the
performing arts from 18.18% to 17.68%; and
  • Maintains the distribution to the Denver zoo at 24.24%.
Tier II facilities (Section 5). The bill makes the following
modifications concerning tier II facilities:
  • Regional service requirement. Because tier II facilities
receive sales and use tax revenue from all 7 counties
included in the SCFD, there is an expectation that the tier
II facilities should serve residents of the entire region. The
bill specifies that tier II organizations are required to
demonstrate their regional service and impact in a manner
determined by the board.
  • Adjustment in minimum annual operating income. The
minimum annual operating income threshold to qualify for
tier II funding is currently adjusted annually by the most
recent Denver-Boulder-Greeley consumer price index
(CPI), which is published after the close of all
organizations' most recently completed fiscal year. The bill
changes the annual adjustment to be based on the average
of the changes in the previous 2 years' CPI.
  • Status as a nonprofit organization. Current law requires
a tier II facility to have been in existence, operating, and
providing service to the public for at least 5 years before
receiving its first distribution of SCFD moneys. The bill
modifies this provision to require that beginning January 1,
2017, a facility must have been in existence, operating, and
providing service to the public for at least 7 years as a 501
(c) (3) nonprofit organization before applying for SCFD
tier II moneys for the first time.
  • Local government taxpayer identification number.
Currently, a local government could potentially create
multiple agencies or divisions within an agency that could
each seek SCFD tier II funding. The bill specifies that no
more than 2 local government facilities per taxpayer
identification number are eligible to receive SCFD moneys
in any year.
  • Factors considered in distribution of moneys. Current
law requires the distribution of moneys to tier II
organizations based on a formula that gives equal weight to
the annual operating income and annual paid attendance at
the facilities. The bill includes the annual documented free
attendance at the facilities in the factors to be considered in
the distribution and directs the board to determine the
weight to give to each factor.
Tier III facilities (Section 5). The bill makes the following
modifications concerning tier III facilities:
  • Elimination of tier II eligibility. Tier II facilities are
currently eligible to apply for funding from tier III moneys.
The bill eliminates tier II facilities from eligible facilities
for tier III moneys.
  • Status as a nonprofit organization. Current law requires
a tier III facility to have been in existence, operating, and
providing service to the public for at least 3 years before
receiving its first distribution of SCFD moneys. The bill
modifies this provision to require that beginning January 1,
2017, a facility must have been in existence, operating, and
providing service to the public for at least 5 years as a 501
(c) (3) nonprofit organization before applying for SCFD
tier III moneys for the first time.
  • Local government taxpayer identification number. As
with tier II facilities, the bill specifies that no more than 2
local government tier III facilities per taxpayer
identification number are eligible to receive SCFD moneys
in any year.
  • County cultural council. The distribution of tier III
moneys is determined by the county cultural council of
each county in the SCFD. The bill allows the county
cultural council to take into consideration an organization's
financial and organizational capacity to spend SCFD
moneys to serve the public and achieve the mission of the
organization when determining how to distribute tier III
moneys.
Obsolete provisions (Section 6). The bill repeals several obsolete
provisions.

Senate SponsorsB. Cadman (R)
P. Steadman (D)
Status (04/29/2016)
Votes on Bill SB16-016
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 50
No:  16
Yes: 29
No:  6
Yes: 47
No:  3
Yes: 30
No:  19
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB16-046
Title: Preserve Options Respond EPA Clean Power Plan Rule
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Energy

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House Sponsors
Official Summary

The federal environmental protection agency (EPA) has
promulgated rules to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing
fossil-fuel-fired electric generating units (the clean power plan). The
rules require states to submit a plan to the EPA detailing how they will
comply with the clean power plan, but allow states to qualify for a 2-year
extension on filing a plan by filing an initial submittal.
The bill directs the air quality control commission (AQCC) to:
  • Conduct a public input process necessary to make the
initial submittal and thereby qualify for the 2-year
extension without making any binding commitments in any
way not required by the express provisions of the clean
power plan, including to submit a state plan in the future;
  • Consider specific factors in developing the state plan; and
  • Submit a report, prepared jointly with the public utilities
commission, to the general assembly that discusses the
proposed state plan in connection with the factors.
Once the AQCC prepares a draft plan, it must submit it to the
general assembly. The AQCC cannot submit the plan to the EPA unless
the general assembly has approved it by adoption of a joint resolution. If
a court stays the clean power plan or holds that it is invalid,
implementation of the state plan must be suspended or terminated, as
appropriate. The existing process for legislative review of state
implementation plans is expanded to include a state plan as required by
the clean power plan.

Senate SponsorsJ. Cooke (R)
Status (03/17/2016)
Votes on Bill SB16-046
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB16-054
Title: Local Government Minimum Wage
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

General Business

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House Sponsors
Official Summary

The bill permits a unit of local government to enact laws with
respect to the minimum wage within its jurisdiction.

Senate SponsorsM. Merrifield (D)
Status (02/17/2016)
Votes on Bill SB16-054
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB16-076
Title: Repeal Employment Verification Standards
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

General Business

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsB. DelGrosso (R)
Official Summary

The bill eliminates current employment verification standards that:
  • Require each employer in Colorado to attest that the
employer has verified the legal work status of each
employee, has not altered or falsified the employee's
identification documents, and has not knowingly hired an
unauthorized alien;
  • Require each employer in Colorado to submit
documentation to the director of the division of labor
(director) within the department of labor and employment
that demonstrates that the employer is in compliance with
federal employment verification requirements;
  • Authorize the director to conduct random audits of
employers to ensure compliance with the federal laws;
  • Require the director to request documentation if the
director receives a valid complaint that an employer is not
in compliance with federal law; and
  • Fine an employer for failing to provide documentation or
for the provision of fraudulent documentation.

Senate SponsorsJ. Ulibarri (D)
Status (02/16/2016)
Votes on Bill SB16-076
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB16-096
Title: Creation Of The Pay Equity Commission
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

General Business

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House Sponsors
Official Summary

On July 1, 2015, the statutes creating the pay equity commission
(commission) expired in accordance with an automatic self-repeal clause.
The bill reestablishes the commission within the Colorado department of
labor and employment (department). The appointing authorities are to
appoint 11 members to the commission within 90 days after May 25,
2016, with representatives of large and small private, for-profit
employers, a women's national association, a labor organization, a
statewide association of attorneys, higher education, the department, the
civil rights division in the department of regulatory agencies, a national
organization that serves minority communities and communities of color,
and a business association.
The commission is charged with the following tasks:
  • Educating employers in the state about issues or practices
that may contribute to pay inequities;
  • Working with business groups and educational institutions
to develop and maintain an inventory of best practices for
encouraging equal pay;
  • Encouraging employers to implement equal pay best
practices;
  • Studying other state models of equal pay practices that
achieve pay equity;
  • Developing a program recognizing employers who pursue
pay equity practices;
  • Conducting outreach and education to employees and
employers regarding pay equity; and
  • Working to establish Colorado as a model employer with
regard to pay equity.
The commission is required to submit annual reports to the
executive director of the department; the business, labor, and technology
committee of the senate; and the business affairs and labor committee of
the house of representatives. Each report should detail the work the
commission has done. The commission may submit recommendations for
policy or administrative changes, upon approval of 2/3 of its members,
and any such recommendations shall be included in the commission's
annual reports.

Senate SponsorsR. Heath (D)
Status (02/24/2016)
Votes on Bill SB16-096
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB16-100
Title: County Road & Bridge Tax Reduction Requirement
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Tax

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsD. Pabon (D)
Official Summary

Current law:
  • Requires each county to annually adopt a road and bridge
budget, which must show the aggregate amount estimated
to be expended for county road and bridge construction,
maintenance, and administration and the aggregate amount
estimated to be paid from the county road and bridge fund
to municipalities in the county; and
  • Authorizes each county to levy a property tax, taking into
account other available money, at a rate sufficient to fund
the county road and bridge budget.
The bill prohibits a county from reducing the rate of the property
tax unless it notifies all municipalities located within the county of its
intent to do so, and either:
  • A majority of the municipalities consent to the reduction;
or
  • The county annually makes an additional payment to each
municipality that compensates the municipality fully for the
reduction in the amount of tax revenues that it receives due
to the rate reduction.

Senate SponsorsC. Jahn (D)
Status (04/18/2016)
Votes on Bill SB16-100
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 35
No:  1
Yes: 17
No:  0
Yes: 17
No:  1
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB16-114
Title: Employee-earned Paid Sick Leave
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

General Business

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
Official Summary

The bill creates the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (act),
which requires all private employers in Colorado to provide paid sick
leave to their employees, accrued at one hour of sick leave for every 30
hours worked, subject to the following limits:
  • For employers employing 10 or more employees, the
employer is not required to provide more than a total of 72
hours of paid sick leave in a 12-month period; and
  • For employers employing fewer than 10 employees, the
employer is not required to provide more than a total of 40
hours of paid sick leave in a 12-month period.
An employee would start accruing paid sick leave when his or her
employment begins and would be permitted to use his or her accrued paid
sick leave as it is accrued.
Additionally, an employee would be allowed to carry forward and
use in subsequent calendar years paid sick leave that is not used in the
year in which it is accrued, subject to the caps on the total amount of
leave allowed in a 12-month period.
Employees may use accrued paid sick leave to be absent from
work for the following purposes:
  • The employee has a mental or physical illness, injury, or
health condition; needs a medical diagnosis, care, or
treatment related to such illness, injury, or condition; or
needs to obtain preventive medical care;
  • The employee needs to care for a family member who has
a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition;
needs a medical diagnosis, care, or treatment related to
such illness, injury, or condition; or needs to obtain
preventive medical care;
  • The employee or family member has been the victim of
domestic abuse, sexual assault, or harassment and needs to
be absent from work for purposes related to such crime; or
  • A public official has ordered the closure of the school or
place of care of the employee's child or of the employee's
place of business due to a public health emergency,
necessitating the employee's absence from work.
The bill prohibits an employer from retaliating against an
employee who uses his or her paid sick leave or otherwise exercises his
or her rights under the act. Employers are required to notify employees of
their rights under the act by providing employees with a written notice of
their rights and displaying a poster, developed by the division of labor
(division) in the department of labor and employment, detailing
employees' rights under the act.
Employers must retain records documenting, by employee, the
hours worked, paid sick leave accrued, and paid sick leave used and make
such records available to the division to monitor compliance with the act.
The director of the division will implement and enforce the act and
adopt rules necessary for such purposes. The bill treats an employee's
information about his, her, or a family member's health condition or
domestic abuse, sexual assault, or harassment case as confidential and
prohibits an employer from disclosing such information or requiring the
employee to disclose such information as a condition of using paid sick
leave.
Employers, including public employers, that provide comparable
paid leave to their employees and allow employees to use that leave as
permitted under the act are not required to provide additional paid sick
leave to their employees.
Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement would
not be entitled to sick leave under the act if the collective bargaining
agreement expressly waives the requirements of the act and provides an
equivalent benefit to covered employees.

Senate SponsorsM. Carroll (D)
J. Ulibarri (D)
Status (02/22/2016)
Votes on Bill SB16-114
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB16-122
Title: More Oversight Of Department Of Transportation
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Transportation

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsD. Nordberg (R)
J. Brown (R)
Official Summary

The bill requires additional oversight of the department of
transportation (CDOT) as follows:
  • Section 1 requires the state auditor to conduct a risk-based
performance audit of CDOT no later than June 30, 2018.
  • Section 2 limits CDOT's existing authority to enter into a
lease-purchase agreement that requires total payments
exceeding $500,000 without specific prior authorization by
a bill enacted by the general assembly to lease-purchase
agreements for the lease and purchase of personal property
only.
  • Section 3 requires CDOT:
  • To close each transportation project and release any
money budgeted for the project as quickly as
feasible and within one year following the
substantial completion of the project unless a
pending legal claim related to the project or an
unusual circumstance beyond the control of CDOT
unavoidably requires a longer time to close the
project;
  • To report on its public website within 2 weeks of a
competitively bid transportation contract award, the
identity of the winning bidder, the amount of the
winning bid, and whether or not the bid awarded
was the low bid, and, if not, why CDOT chose the
bid over a lower bid;
  • To annually report to the transportation commission
regarding the percentages and total amount of
money budgeted and expended during the preceding
fiscal year for payments to private sector contractors
for work on transportation projects and total
transportation project costs for projects completed
by CDOT employees, including indirect cost
recoveries and employee salaries; and
  • On or after July 1, 2016, and on and after July 1 of
each year thereafter, to report to the transportation
legislation review committee regarding amendments
made to the statewide transportation improvement
plan that were adopted during the most recently
ended fiscal year and that added or deleted a project
from the plan or modified the funding priority of
any project included in the plan. The report must
include an explanation of the reasons for each
reported policy amendment and administrative
action amendment.

Senate SponsorsR. Baumgardner (R)
Status (04/14/2016)
Votes on Bill SB16-122
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 65
No:  1
Yes: 22
No:  14
Yes: 38
No:  13
Yes: 48
No:  1
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB16-123
Title: Free Access To High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Transportation

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
Official Summary

The bill prohibits the department of transportation or the
high-performance transportation enterprise from requiring a vehicle
owner to use a switchable transponder or other device in order to travel
in a high occupancy vehicle on either a high occupancy vehicle lane or a
high occupancy toll lane on a toll-free basis.

Senate SponsorsK. Lundberg (R)
Status (04/21/2016)
Votes on Bill SB16-123
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 25
No:  10
Yes: 8
No:  8
Yes: 17
No:  1
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB16-124
Title: Machine Tools Sales Tax Exempt Recovered Materials
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category

Tax

Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsK. Priola (R)
K. Becker (D)
Official Summary

Purchases of machinery or machine tools to be used in Colorado
directly and predominantly in manufacturing tangible personal property
are currently exempt from state sales and use tax. The bill would extend
the exemption to machinery or machine tools purchased by a business to
process recovered materials.

Senate SponsorsK. Grantham (R)
Status (06/08/2016)
Votes on Bill SB16-124
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 55
No:  11
Yes: 36
No:  0
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 38
No:  11
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB16-134
Title: Professional Licensing For Military Veterans
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsD. Kagan (D)
J. Danielson (D)
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill requires the Colorado department of public
health and environment (CDPHE) to consider crediting a military
veteran's training, education, and experience toward the qualifications for
certification as an emergency medical service provider.
Section 2 of the bill requires the Colorado department of revenue
(DOR) to consider crediting a military veteran's training, education, and
experience toward the qualifications for a commercial driver's license.
Section 3 of the bill requires the division of veterans affairs to
make reasonable efforts to notify a discharged member of the obligations
of CDPHE and DOR under sections 1 and 2 of the bill and of the duties
and functions of a professional licensing authority that is regulated by the
department of regulatory agencies.

Senate SponsorsR. Heath (D)
L. Garcia (D)
Status (05/27/2016)
Votes on Bill SB16-134
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 66
No:  0
Yes: 36
No:  0
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 49
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB16-213
Title: Construction Defect Litigation Study Group
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
B. DelGrosso (R)
Official Summary

The bill establishes a construction defect litigation study group
(study group) to investigate construction defect litigation and to create a
report recommending statutory changes and a pilot program within the
judicial department for managing construction defect claims. The study
group shall report by March 1, 2017, to the judiciary committees of the
general assembly and to the chief justice.
The chief justice may adopt a pilot program through a chief justice
directive. If adopted:
  • The pilot program terminates December 31, 2018, unless
extended by the chief justice; and
  • The judicial department shall contract for a study of the
pilot program to be completed within 15 months after the
pilot program commences and, within 14 days after
receiving the report, must forward it to the chief justice and
the judiciary committees of the general assembly.
The bill establishes a construction defect litigation cash fund to
pay expenses for the study group, and, if adopted, the pilot program and
report on the pilot program.

Senate SponsorsM. Scheffel (R)
J. Ulibarri (D)
Status (05/10/2016)
Votes on Bill SB16-213
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 25
No:  11
Yes: 8
No:  9
Yes: 16
No:  2
Yes: 0
No:  0

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