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Bill: HB12-1003
Title: Authorize Graywater Use
Axiom RemarksReview Water Policy- Suggest comments from Aurora Water Dept. be considered. Graywater can be used only if the commission has adopted a control regulation and a local government authorizes the use. The local government has exclusive enforcement authority regarding compliance with the commission's control regulation. Section 5 allows counties to authorize graywater use, and section 6 allows municipalities to authorize graywater use
Position
CategoryWater Policy
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/17/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsR. Fischer (D)
Official Summary

Except in connection with individual septic systems, current law is unclear regarding whether, and under what conditions, graywater may be used. Section 1 of the bill declares the importance of water conservation to the economy of Colorado and the well-being of its citizens. Section 2 defines "graywater" as wastewater from sources other than toilets, urinals, kitchen sinks, nonlaundry utility sinks, and dishwashers collected within a residential, commercial, or industrial building that meets certain standards established by the water quality control commission. Section 3 authorizes the commission to adopt a control regulation establishing use standards and specifies that: Graywater may be applied only to uses that are allowed by the water sources' well permits and water rights; and, if so used, the use of the graywater is deemed to not cause injury.

Graywater can be used only if the commission has adopted a control regulation and a local government authorizes the use. The local government has exclusive enforcement authority regarding compliance with the commission's control regulation. Section 5 allows counties to authorize graywater use, and section 6 allows municipalities to authorize graywater use. Section 4 repeals an obsolete provision authorizing local boards of health to adopt rules regarding graywater use with individual septic systems.

Senate SponsorsJ. Nicholson (D)
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/02/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1003
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: HB12-1029
Title: Economic Stimulus Personal Property Tax Exemption
Axiom RemarksExempts business personal property, if local governments authorize the exemption, that is purchased at any time during the 2013 calendar year from the levy and collection of property tax. Passed both Chambers on the way to Governor.
Position
CategoryTax Policy
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/29/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsC. Holbert (R)
Official Summary

The bill exempts business personal property that is purchased at any time during the 2013 calendar year from the levy and collection of property tax.

Senate SponsorsM. Scheffel (R)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (03/24/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1029
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 64
No:  0
Yes: 34
No:  0
Yes: 52
No:  0
Yes: 46
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1033
Title: Workers' Comp Admin Audit Fines
Axiom RemarksRecommend support as it eliminates fines from failure to report injuries when then insurer had no knowledge.
Position
CategoryWorkers Comp
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/31/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsS. Swalm (R)
Official Summary

The bill specifies that the director of the division of workers' compensation may not impose an administrative fine on an insurer or self-insured employer as a result of a compliance audit for late reporting of an injury, occupational disease, or fatality when the late reporting resulted from the insurer or self-insured employer not having notice or knowledge of the injury, occupational disease, or fatality in sufficient time to comply with the reporting period. The bill permits the director to impose a fine if the director finds that the late reporting constituted a knowing and repeated pattern of noncompliance with the reporting requirements and was not caused by the insurer or self-insured employer's lack of notice or knowledge of the injury, occupational disease, or fatality.

Senate SponsorsL. Newell (D)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (03/22/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1033
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 63
No:  0
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 50
No:  0
Yes: 48
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1039
Title: Pay-as-you-go Requirements
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/15/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsD. Hullinghorst (D)
Official Summary

For each regular or special session of the general assembly, prior to the passage of the long appropriation bill, the bill prohibits the appropriations committee in either house from favorably passing out a bill that requires a tax expenditure or that results in either a decrease in revenue to the state or an increase in general fund spending unless the bill either specifically identifies equivalent decreases in such expenditures or offsets to the general fund or specifically identifies sufficient increases in revenue for the next state fiscal year and for any other fiscal year that new tax expenditures or changes in tax expenditures would be implemented.

The bill defines "tax expenditure" to mean a deduction from taxable income, tax credit, tax exemption, the lowering of a tax rate, the elimination of a tax, or the elimination or reduction of a fee.

Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (02/08/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1039
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: HB12-1046
Title: Colorado Works Program Drug Testing Requirement
Axiom RemarksArapahoe County strongly opposes this bill
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/12/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Sonnenberg (R)
Official Summary

The bill requires a person applying for assistance through the Colorado works program (works program) to take a drug test for the presence of controlled substances as a condition of eligibility for assistance. If an applicant fails the drug test, the applicant may reapply for assistance 1 year after the date of the drug test. However, a person may reapply after 6 months if the person successfully completes a substance abuse treatment program.

The applicant is required to pay the cost of the drug test. If the applicant passes the drug test, the applicant's initial assistance will be increased by the cost of the drug test. The dependent child of an applicant who fails the drug test shall still be eligible to receive assistance, but the county department of human services will be required to approve a protective payee to receive the assistance on behalf of the dependent child. The protective payee will also need to pass the drug test.

Senate SponsorsG. Brophy (R)
StatusHouse Second Reading Lost with Amendments (03/29/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1046
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: HB12-1059
Title: Military Spouse Practice Occupation Profession
Axiom RemarksDesigned to aid military personnel by eliminating regulatory requirements and granting temporary professional licences to military spouses. The bill authorizes military spouses to practice in a regulated profession or occupation other than real estate for one year if the spouse is licensed, registered, or certified to practice in another state
Position
CategoryMilitary Issue
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/11/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsM. Looper (R)
Official Summary

The bill authorizes military spouses to practice in a regulated profession or occupation other than real estate for one year if the spouse is licensed, registered, or certified to practice in another state; there is no other reason to deny the license; and the person consents to be governed by Colorado law. If applying for authority to continue to practice in Colorado, the applicant must notify the agency that the person is practicing in Colorado and include the contact information for the applicant's employer. If the agency denies the application, the agency notifies the employer. The director of the division of registrations may promulgate rules to implement the bill.

The bill also directs agencies to exempt regulated persons who are on active duty for more than 120 days from the requirement to pay certification fees and complete continuing education that became due during the period of active duty, with the exemption continuing for 6 months after the period of active duty. An agency may accept continuing medical education, training, or service from the armed services in satisfaction of Colorado continuing education requirements.

A service member or spouse who is an emergency medical service provider certified or licensed in another state is exempt from certification in Colorado. The term "emergency medical technician" is changed to "emergency medical service provider" to align with the trend in other states.

Senate SponsorsK. King (R)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (10/06/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1059
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 64
No:  0
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 48
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1061
Title: The Skills For Jobs Act
Axiom RemarksPassageupas uncertain due to concern over FISCAL IMPACT. Requires Higher Ed to produce reports. CACI supports
Position
CategoryHigher Education & General Government
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/12/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsD. Kagan (D)
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of higher education (department), in consultation with the department of labor, the department of regulatory agencies, and any other entity the department deems appropriate, to produce an annual report regarding state workforce projections and education credential production. The report will project the workforce needs of the state for the next 3 years and the expected production of degrees and certificates over the next 3 years. The report will show the workforce needs that are not being met by state degree and certificate production and identify institutions, public or private, that can address those workforce needs through new programs or expansion of existing ones. Institutions of higher education are encouraged to use the report in master planning for its course of study offerings. The bill repeals July 1, 2016.

Senate SponsorsL. Newell (D)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (04/02/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1061
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 33
No:  30
Yes: 25
No:  9
Yes: 50
No:  0
Yes: 8
No:  39
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1063
Title: Military Veterans Cemetery At Homelake Expansion
Axiom RemarksRequest review by Defense Commitee. Authorizes the military veterans' cemetery at Homelake, Colorado, (cemetery) and directs the state department of human services (department) to prepare, develop, construct, and maintain the cemetery
Position
CategoryMilitary Issue
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/23/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsR. Ramirez (R)
Official Summary

The bill authorizes the military veterans' cemetery at Homelake, Colorado, (cemetery) and directs the state department of human services (department) to prepare, develop, construct, and maintain the cemetery.

The bill establishes within the state treasury the Homelake military veterans cemetery fund (fund) and authorizes the department to accept gifts, grants, and donations for the fund.

The bill requires the department to adopt procedures whereby persons who are eligible for burial and interment at the Colorado state veterans center in Homelake (center) may reserve plots in the cemetery.

Senate SponsorsB. Boyd (D)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (05/07/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1063
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 64
No:  0
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 52
No:  0
Yes: 47
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1069
Title: Sales & Use Tax Holiday For Back-to-school Items
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/06/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsD. Pabon (D)
J. Miklosi (D)
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill creates a state sales and use tax exemption for back-to-school items. The exemption only applies for 3 days in the beginning of August for a period of 5 years beginning in 2012. A "back-to-school item" is defined to mean clothing, shoes, school supplies, or computers. Clothing includes sports and recreational equipment, but does not include clothing accessories. The exemption applies to all noncommercial purchasers.

Section 2 of the bill permits a town, city, or county to create a sales tax exemption that is identical to the state exemption.

Senate SponsorsB. Shaffer (D)
S. King (R)
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (05/07/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1069
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 44
No:  20
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 23
No:  8
Yes: 21
No:  12
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1082
Title: Prevailing Compensation On Public Works Projects
Axiom RemarksThe bill requires a contractor awarded a contract for a public works by a state agency in excess of $100,000, and each subcontractor that works thereon to pay workers at least the prevailing wages and fringe benefits as established pursuant to federal law. Arapahoe County wishes to monitor this bill.
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/15/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Soper (D)
Official Summary

The bill requires a contractor awarded a contract for a public works by a state agency in excess of $100,000, and each subcontractor that works thereon, to:

  • Pay workers at least the prevailing wages and fringebenefits, as established pursuant to federal law. The requirement for the payment of prevailing wages and fringe benefits must be included in a contract for a public works.
  • Post the prevailing wages and fringe benefits;
  • Pay workers at least once a week;
  • Furnish payroll records to the director of the division oflabor in the department of labor and employment (director); and
  • File a written statement to the state agency certifying theamount of unpaid prevailing wages and fringe benefits.
  • With respect to any failure to pay prevailing wages and fringe benefits, the bill:
  • Establishes penalties, including termination of the contract,withholding contract payments, and civil penalties;
  • Establishes a private right of action;
  • Requires the director to publish a list of contractors andsubcontractors who willfully fail to make such payments and to debar a contractor or subcontractor for multiple violations within a 3-year period; and
  • Prohibits a contractor or subcontractor from discriminatingagainst a worker for asserting rights or for participating in an action by the director.

The director is authorized to investigate whether workers on a public works are being paid prevailing wages and fringe benefits. Appropriations for these investigations shall be made from moneys in the newly created prevailing wage enforcement fund, which shall include revenue from certain penalties paid by contractors or subcontractors.

The bill specifies that the prevailing wage and fringe benefits requirement will not interfere with workers' right to bargain collectively.

 

 

Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely (01/26/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1082
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: HB12-1088
Title: Deadly Force Against Intruder At Place Of Business
Axiom RemarksExpands “make my day” law to businesses
Position
CategoryGeneral Government-
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/29/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsC. Holbert (R)
Official Summary

The bill extends the right to use deadly force against an intruder under certain conditions to include owners, managers, and employees of businesses.

Senate SponsorsK. Grantham (R)
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/05/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1088
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 35
No:  26
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 6
No:  25
Yes: 29
No:  1
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1097
Title: Food Protection Act Civil Penalties
Axiom RemarksThis bill requires the CDHPE to initiate penalty provision of current inspection statutes before revoking or suspending a retail establishment license.
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/13/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsK. Summers (R)
Official Summary

The bill specifies that proceedings to suspend or revoke the license of a retail food establishment may be commenced only after the imposition of other civil penalties.

Senate SponsorsC. Jahn (D)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (04/06/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1097
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 64
No:  0
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 48
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1112
Title: State Economic Impact As Procurement Factor
Axiom RemarksBill is being amended.
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/16/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsS. Ryden (D)
Official Summary

The bill creates the economic impact rating system advisory board (advisory board) in the office of economic development (office). The board consists of 11 voting members with specific qualifications appointed by the governor and 5 ex officio nonvoting members. The advisory board is charged with analyzing the feasibility of establishing an economic impact rating system (system), which measures a company's economic impact in the state. The advisory board is required to annually report to legislative committees on the status of the system.

If the system is feasible, the advisory board will assist the office in the development of the system. The system must be designed to allow a company to input information about its operations and connections to the state, and the information will be used to generate a state economic impact rating. To the extent possible, the office is required to design the system so that a company may access it on-line. The office is required to notify the executive director of the department of personnel when an operational system has been developed.

Once the system is operational, the state economic impact rating is to be used for proposals solicited through a request for proposals. A state purchasing director or the head of the purchasing agency is required to use the state economic impact rating as an evaluation factor in determining which offeror's proposal is most advantageous to the state.

An offeror that responds to a request for proposals is not required to submit its state economic impact rating.

The only source of funding for the system is from the newly created economic impact rating system cash fund, which consists of gifts, grants, or donations. Moneys in the fund are continuously appropriated to the office for the system.

Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/15/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1112
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: HB12-1113
Title: Preferences In State Public Contracts
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/30/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsP. Lee (D)
Official Summary

Preference where contract to be performed by mostly Colorado residents. On and after July 1, 2012, if a state agency (agency) or governmental body (body) issues an invitation for bids or a request for proposals for a construction contract for a public project (construction contract) or for a services contract that is, in either case, worth more than $500,000, the agency or body must grant a 3% preference to the bidder or offeror (contractor) if the contractor certifies that at least 90% of the employees who will perform the requirements of the contract are Colorado residents. With respect to a construction contract, an agency or body must also grant a contractor who receives the 3% preference:

  • An additional 1% preference if the contractor certifies thatit offers health care and retirement benefits to the employees who will perform the contract requirements; and
  • An additional 1% preference if the contractor certifies thatthe employees who will perform the contract requirements have access to a federally qualified apprenticeship training program.
  • With respect to a services contract, an agency or body must also grant a contractor who receives the 3% preference an additional 2% preference if the contractor certifies that it offers health care benefits and retirement benefits to the employees who will perform the requirements of the

contract.

An agency or body may not allow any of the preferences to a noncompliant contractor, and the contractor may not use the preference to satisfy a minimum requirement of a contract. A contractor that seeks a preference for a bid or offer must certify its eligibility for the preference to the agency or body that issued the invitation for bids or request for proposals. The agency or body may rely on the certification but may also require the contractor to submit substantiating documentation or other information needed to verify the contractor's eligibility for the preference.

The executive director of the department of personnel (department) must promulgate rules for the administration of each preference, including processes for a contractor to certify and an agency or body to verify the contractor's eligibility for the preference.

Veterans' preference. When a contract for supplies or services is to be awarded though competitive sealed bidding or through competitive sealed best value bidding, the bill requires an amount equal to 2.5% of the bid price to be subtracted from the bid of each bidder that is a veteran or a veteran business. When a contract for supplies, services, or professional services is to be awarded through a request for competitive sealed proposals, the bill requires that one of the evaluation factors stated in the request is whether the offeror is a veteran or a veteran business. The relative weight assigned to the offeror's status as a veteran or as a veteran business is 2.5%.

The bill defines "veteran" to mean a person who is a resident of the state of Colorado, who was separated under honorable conditions, and who, other than for training purposes, served in any branch of the armed forces of the United States, including, without limitation, service in the armed forces reserve or National Guard, and "veteran business" to mean a continuing independent, for-profit business located in the state in which one or more veterans hold an ownership interest of at least 51%.

The bill requires any person that requests a veterans' preference to complete an application for the purpose of certifying the person's status as a veteran or a veteran business. Upon the satisfaction of the department of personnel (department) that the person is entitled to the preference, the department is required to issue the person a distinctive identification number that, when submitted as part of a bid, offer, or other purchasing documents, entitles the person to the preference.

Any person who has obtained the necessary certification is required to notify the department within 30 days after the occurrence of any event that affects the person's ability to qualify as a veteran business, including, without limitation, a change in the ownership of the business.

If the department determines that a person that received a preference no longer satisfies the requirements applicable to a veteran business at any time during the pendency of the contract, the executive director of the department (executive director) may reject the bid or offer submitted by the person or assess a civil penalty against the person.

The department is required to revoke the certification of a veteran business for a period of not less than 12 months upon making a determination that the business has failed to notify the department of a change in the status of the business. During the 12-month revocation period, a veteran business whose certification has been revoked may submit a bid or offer on a state contract but is not eligible for the preference.

The bill specifies the manner in which certification may be restored after the completion of the revocation period. The bill specifies penalties that are applicable if the department determines that a person has made a material misrepresentation or otherwise committed a fraudulent act in obtaining a veterans' preference. Any person against whom the department has imposed a sanction may apply to the executive director for a review of the decision.

The executive director or the executive director's designee has the authority to promulgate rules to implement the veterans' preference.

Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/23/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1113
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: HB12-1115
Title: Business Fiscal Impact Statements New Laws
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/16/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsL. Liston (R)
Official Summary

The bill requires the staff of the legislative council to designate a 5-day period following the introduction of new legislation during which Colorado businesses may submit comments regarding the business fiscal impact of the new legislation. Upon the expiration of the 5-day period, the staff of the legislative council is required to compile and summarize the comments and prepare a business fiscal impact statement. The statement will accompany the fiscal note.

Senate SponsorsC. Jahn (D)
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/19/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1115
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 41
No:  22
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 8
No:  22
Yes: 33
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1119
Title: Success Act To Limit State Agency Fines
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/28/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsD. Coram (R)
Official Summary

The bill limits the discretion of a state executive branch agency to impose a fine for a minor violation of a state law or a state agency rule by prohibiting an agency from:

  • Imposing a fine for a minor violation that is aninspection-related violation if the violator made a reasonable good faith effort to comply with the state law or state agency rule that it violated unless:
    • The state agency provides written notice of theviolation to the violator within 20 business days of the date of the inspection; and
    • The violator fails to remedy the violation within 20business days of receiving the notice.
  • Imposing a fine for a minor violation that is a paperworkviolation unless:
    • The state agency provides written notice of theviolation to the violator within 90 business days after the violator committed the violation by missing a filing deadline or filing an erroneous form or other filing; and
    • The violator fails to remedy the violation within 90business days of receiving the notice of the violation.
Senate SponsorsS. King (R)
A. Giron (D)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (10/06/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1119
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 62
No:  1
Yes: 34
No:  0
Yes: 49
No:  1
Yes: 47
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1123
Title: PUC Report To GA On Rate Case Hearings
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/31/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsK. Conti (R)
Official Summary

The bill requires the director of the public utilities commission (PUC) or the director's designee to report annually to the joint house and senate transportation committees regarding matters discussed on the record in energy rate case hearings that were decided by the commission during the immediately preceding 2 years.

For all rate cases included in the report, the bill directs the commission to estimate the economic impact of the rates involved, including the average increase or decrease in ratepayers' monthly bills.

Senate SponsorsS. Williams (D)
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/21/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1123
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 65
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 32
No:  0
Yes: 33
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1127
Title: Unemployment Ins Rate Reduction New Employers
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/01/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsL. Liston (R)
Official Summary

The current unemployment insurance premium rate for new employers is 0.0170. In legislation enacted in 2011 (House Bill 11-1088), once solvency in the unemployment insurance fund is achieved, the rate for new employers would increase. This bill eliminates this rate increase and keeps the rate at 0.0170 after solvency in the unemployment insurance fund is reached.

Senate SponsorsS. Williams (D)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (03/19/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1127
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 63
No:  0
Yes: 34
No:  0
Yes: 49
No:  0
Yes: 48
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1134
Title: Prohibit Job Discrimination Against Unemployed
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/04/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsD. Pabon (D)
Official Summary

The bill prohibits an employer, employer's agent, employer's representative, or employer's designee (referred to as "employer") from publishing, in print or on the internet, an advertisement for any job vacancy that contains a provision that states:

  • The qualifications for a job include current employment;
  • An application for employment will not be considered ifthe applicant is currently unemployed; or
  • Only applications submitted by job applicants who arecurrently employed will be considered.

An employer who violates the provisions of the bill is subject to a civil penalty. The bill also clarifies that the prohibitions regarding advertising do not establish a private cause of action by an aggrieved person.

Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on Economic and Business Development Postpone Indefinitely (02/22/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1134
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: HB12-1144
Title: Employment Contracts Non-tenure-track Professors
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/12/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsR. Fischer (D)
Official Summary

The bill authorizes each system of higher education and each campus of each state institution of higher education to employ an unlimited number of non-tenure-track classroom teachers under renewable 5-year employment contracts. The employment contract must include a provision that allows the employing system or campus to terminate the contract without penalty if the system or campus can demonstrate financial exigencies and a provision that renders the contract unenforceable if the employing system or campus ceases to be an enterprise and does not have sufficient financial reserves to satisfy the contract.

Senate SponsorsB. Bacon (D)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (04/13/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1144
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 36
No:  28
Yes: 22
No:  12
Yes: 50
No:  1
Yes: 8
No:  39
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1145
Title: State Personnel Total Compensation Policies
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/15/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsL. Bradford (R)
Official Summary

The bill makes the following changes to the total compensation laws affecting state employees:

  • A statutory provision specifying that state employees are typically hired at the minimum rate in a pay grade unless there is a showing of recruiting difficulty or other unusual condition is amended to specify that employees are typically hired at the mid rate.
  • References to the "annual compensation report" and "annual compensation survey" are changed to the "total compensation report" and "total compensation survey". The total compensation report of the state personnel director is required to be published every 2 years instead of every year.
  • A provision governing the manner in which holidays and paid leave are counted for certain employees performing essential services is repealed.
  • The children of employees are considered dependents for group benefit purposes up to the age of 26, unless the United States Supreme Court finds the federal "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" to be unconstitutional, in which case the current statutory provisions defining children as dependents will be reinstated.
Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on Economic and Business Development Postpone Indefinitely (03/02/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1145
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: HB12-1146
Title: Funding For Dropout Recovery Programs
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/05/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsB. Nikkel (R)
Official Summary

The bill authorizes a community college to agree with a local education provider to create a dropout recovery program through which a student who has dropped out of high school or who is at risk of dropping out of high school can concurrently enroll in the community college and the local education provider to complete his or her high school graduation requirements. The student attends classes exclusively at the community college, and all of the credits he or she earns count toward high school graduation. The dropout recovery program differs from the usual concurrent enrollment program with regard to the student's age, the number and type of course credits authorized, and funding.

The community college and the local education provider enter into an agreement that specifies many aspects of the dropout recovery program, including the tuition rate the local education provider will pay on the student's behalf, which rate cannot exceed the student's share of tuition at a community college. The local education provider will include the student in its pupil enrollment, and the community college will receive college opportunity fund (COF) stipend payments on the student's behalf.

All of the college-level credits that the student earns through the dropout recovery program will count against the student's lifetime-limit on the number of credits for which he or she may receive a COF stipend.

Senate SponsorsA. Giron (D)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (05/20/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1146
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 59
No:  4
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 43
No:  4
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1154
Title: Regional Economic Development Through Partnerships
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/14/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsM. Hamner (D)
D. Coram (R)
Official Summary

The bill tasks the Colorado office of economic development (office) with fostering a regional approach to economic development. A region is defined as a state planning and management region utilized by the department of local affairs. Currently, there are 14 such regions in the state.

The office must create a new, or assist in expanding an existing, regional development partnership (partnership) in each region. A partnership consists of representatives of the region's businesses and industries, economic and workforce development entities, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, local governmental bodies, and federal, tribal, and state regulatory authorities.

The bill designates regional economic development partnership boards (partnership boards) as the entities that will develop 3-year regional economic development plans, work with partnerships to implement the plans, and provide annual progress reports regarding such implementation to the newly created state regional economic development council (council).

The council, which consists of one representative from each partnership and the regional development director of the office, meets periodically with the office and the Colorado economic development commission and annually reports to the governor regarding the progress reports.

Senate SponsorsJ. White (R)
C. Jahn (D)
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (04/20/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1154
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: HB12-1155
Title: Improvements In College Completion
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/28/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsT. Massey (R)
Official Summary

Under current law, the Colorado commission on higher education (commission) establishes academic admission standards for state institutions of higher education (institutions). In establishing those standards, the commission, under the bill, may take into account the rigor of a student's high school courses.

The bill clarifies the commission's authority to adopt a remedial education policy and directs the commission to ensure the remedial education policy is aligned with the academic admission standards. The policy sets the procedures for identifying students who need basic skills courses and procedures by which institutions offer those courses. In setting the standards for basic skills requirements, the commission may differentiate the mathematics requirements based on a student's chosen area of study. While only certain institutions may provide basic skills courses, the commission may authorize other institutions to provide supplemental academic instruction for students who enroll in credit-bearing courses but are identified as having limited skill deficiencies.

The department of higher education (department) currently prepares an annual report concerning higher education student enrollment and persistence. The department distributes the report to the education committees and the state board of education and posts it to the department's web site. The department will also provide the report to the department of education, which will post it on its web site, and the department will distribute student records to the appropriate school districts.

The commission has existing authority to establish each institution's role and mission and to enter into performance contracts with each institution. The bill clarifies that the commission can further delineate an institution's role and mission and service area as necessary to determine the implications for the institution's performance contract.

Under current law, the commission is charged with recommending a performance funding model for institutions. The bill directs the commission, in preparing its recommendations, to analyze the effects of differentiated Colorado opportunity fund (COF) stipend amounts and of limiting the funding for credit hours taken in excess of a certain limit.

The bill lowers the existing lifetime limit on eligibility for COF stipends from 145 to 140 credit hours, and a student cannot receive a COF stipend for any course for which the student has received an incomplete 2 or more times. Following adoption of commission policies, a student's eligibility for state need-based financial aid will also be limited to 140 undergraduate credit hours during a student's lifetime and will be unavailable for a course for which the student has received an incomplete 2 or more times.

Senate SponsorsB. Bacon (D)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (10/06/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1155
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 61
No:  0
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 50
No:  0
Yes: 46
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1172
Title: Electric Utility No Imputed Carbon Tax
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/29/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsS. Swalm (R)
Official Summary

The 2004 voter initiative known as "Amendment 37" committed Colorado to a policy of increasing the portion of the state's electricity generated from renewable sources. Subsequent legislation allows the Colorado public utilities commission (PUC) to impute the cost of a carbon tax imposed at the federal level when calculating an electric utility's investments and comparing the cost of maintaining existing infrastructure with the cost of replacing existing power plants with more energy-efficient power plants.

Section 1 of the bill conditions the PUC's imputation of the carbon tax on the actual adoption of a carbon tax as part of federal law. Section 2 prohibits an investor-owned electric utility from charging residential customers tiered rates according to their monthly consumption.

Senate SponsorsT. Harvey (R)
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/21/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1172
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 35
No:  30
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 2
No:  30
Yes: 33
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1173
Title: Protect Pub Health Oil & Gas Hydraulic Fracturing
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/05/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsR. Wilson (D)
Official Summary

On or after July 1, 2014, an oil and gas operator may not use, store, or dispose of hydraulic fracturing fluids or flow-back from a hydraulic fracturing treatment in an open pit and must use a closed-loop system for hydraulic fracturing treatments. However, the oil and gas conservation commission may approve the use of open pits where the commission determines there is no risk to occupied structures or water sources, and operators can use open pits if the fluids are clean enough to discharge directly into state waters without a permit.

Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely (02/06/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1173
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: HB12-1210
Title: Recognition Out-of-state Professionals To Practice
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/30/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsD. Beezley (R)
Official Summary

The bill allows a person with a currently valid license, certificate, or registration in good standing from another state to practice his or her profession in this state for up to one year before the person has to meet the licensing, certification, or registration requirements in Colorado. For the person to be eligible to practice in this state, he or she shall have no other basis for disqualification from practice other than the lack of a license, certificate, or registration and shall apply for a license, certificate, or registration within 30 days after engaging in practice in Colorado.

Senate SponsorsC. Jahn (D)
StatusSenate Committee on Health and Human Services Postpone Indefinitely (03/15/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1210
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 45
No:  20
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 13
No:  19
Yes: 32
No:  1
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1214
Title: Community College Two-year Degree Programs
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/18/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Becker (R)
Official Summary

The bill allows a Colorado community college to offer a two-year degree program with academic designation in nursing or dental hygiene without a valid student transfer agreement.

Senate SponsorsN. Spence (R)
J. Nicholson (D)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (05/24/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1214
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 64
No:  0
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 48
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1215
Title: Surplus Lines Insurance Fed Conformity
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/18/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsC. Gerou (R)
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The bill makes the following changes to the "Nonadmitted Insurance Act" to comply with requirements of the federal "Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2010", commonly referred to as "NRRA":

  • Adds definitions of the terms "affiliate", "affiliated group","control", "federal act", "home state", "independently procured insurance", "multistate risk", "nonadmitted insurance", and "person";
  • Authorizes the division of insurance to collect insurancepremium tax on surplus lines insurance more frequently than once per year;
  • Subjects surplus lines insurance procured without a brokerto taxation as the sale of this type of insurance rather than as unauthorized insurance, as is the case under current law; and
  • Requires the collection of insurance premium tax onsurplus lines insurance at the full rate except for multistate policies where the risk involves states with which Colorado has entered into a compact or multistate tax-sharing agreement to share the tax, in which case the premium tax rates will be determined according to the terms of those arrangements.
Senate SponsorsM. Hodge (D)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (04/16/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1215
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 64
No:  0
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 52
No:  0
Yes: 47
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1227
Title: Integrated Basic Educ & Skills Training Cert Prog
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/30/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsD. Young (D)
Official Summary

The bill directs the state board of community colleges and occupational education (board), conditional on the availability of moneys, to design a certificate program through which persons who are identified as needing basic skills remedial course work or who are eligible for adult literacy education may obtain a career and technical education certificate within 12 months by taking courses that integrate basic skills training with college-level occupational skills training. The board will collaborate with and may enter into memorandums of understanding with the department of education and the department of labor in designing the certificate program to ensure that it can be implemented locally in collaboration with the family literacy education grant program and the work force investment program.

A community college or local district junior college that chooses to implement the certificate program shall collaborate with the local entities that provide family literacy education and work force investment programs, if any.

The board shall report annually to the general assembly concerning implementation of the certificate programs.

Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/23/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1227
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: HB12-1229
Title: Publication Requirements Legal Notice In Newspaper
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/14/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsC. Murray (R)
Official Summary

The bill defines the term "published" for purposes of publishing legal notices and specifies that, in circumstances where there is no newspaper published in a particular county or an adjoining county, a legal notice may be published in a newspaper having general circulation within the county.

Senate SponsorsM. Scheffel (R)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (04/06/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1229
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 64
No:  0
Yes: 34
No:  0
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 47
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1238
Title: Ensuring K-3 Literacy Education
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/05/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsM. Hamner (D)
T. Massey (R)
Official Summary

The bill repeals and reenacts the existing "Colorado Basic Literacy Act", renaming it the "Colorado Early Literacy Act". Each school district, charter school, and board of cooperative services (local education provider) that enrolls students in kindergarten or first, second, or third grade (early grades) must provide instructional programs and support in reading to ensure that, by the time a student finishes third grade, the student's reading skills are high enough to enable the student to master the standards and expectations for fourth grade and beyond.

The state board of education (state board) will promulgate rules that establish the grade-level reading competency skill level and the minimum reading competency skill level for each of the early grades. The department of education (department) will assemble, with input from local education providers, a resource bank of approved reading assessments that local education providers will use to measure students' reading skills and diagnose students' reading skill deficiencies. The resource bank will also contain recommended instructional programming in reading that meets specified criteria and recommended professional development programs. The department must have the resource bank available by July 1, 2013, and will continue to review assessments, instructional programming, and professional development programs and add appropriate items to the resource bank.

Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, each local education provider will begin assessing students in each of the early grades and diagnosing students' specific reading skill deficiencies. If a student's reading skills are below grade level but above the minimum reading competency skill level for the student's grade level, the student has a reading deficiency. If a student's reading skills are below the minimum reading competency skill level, the student has a significant reading deficiency.

If a student has a reading deficiency or a significant reading deficiency, the student's teacher will notify the student's parent and invite the parent to participate with the teacher in creating a reading to ensure academic development plan (READ plan) for the student. For students who have a significant reading deficiency, the notice will also specify that, if the student still has a significant reading deficiency at the end of the school year, state law recommends that the student not advance to the next grade level, and the teacher and parent and potentially other personnel of the local education provider will decide whether the student will advance. In addition to the written notice, the teacher will meet with, or make 3 documented attempts to meet with, the parent. The teacher willcreate the student's READ plan as soon as possible, with input from the parent unless the parent does not attend the meeting.

A student's READ plan must include a description of the student's specific reading skill deficiencies, a discussion of the likely consequences to the student of not achieving reading competency, the specific intervention instruction the teacher will use to help the student progress, and the specific strategies the parent is encouraged to use at home to help the student progress. The READ plan and documentation supporting the READ plan and the student's progress in implementing the plan will be included in the student's permanent academic record. The student's READ plan will include intervention instruction provided through the response to intervention framework. If the student is identified as having a disability, the local education provider will integrate into the student's individualized education program (IEP), as appropriate, the intervention instruction to address the student's reading issues. The state board may adopt rules to further clarify the use of READ plans for students with disabilities. The teacher will continue to implement and update the READ plan until the student achieves reading competency.

If, at the end of a school year, a student has a significant reading deficiency, the statute recommends that the student does not advance to the next grade level. The student's teacher will send the student's parent written notice that the teacher, the parent, and other personnel from the local education provider must meet to decide whether the student will advance. After sending the notice, the teacher will schedule, or make 3 documented attempts to schedule, the meeting. If the parent does not attend a meeting, the teacher and personnel from the local education provider will decide whether the student will advance.

If there is a meeting, the student's parent and teacher and personnel from the local education provider will decide, based on the student's body of evidence, whether the student will advance to the next grade level. The teacher and the other personnel will again explain the likely consequences to the student if he or she does not achieve reading competency. If the student is finishing third grade and the parent, teacher, and other personnel decide the student will advance to fourth grade even though the student has a significant reading deficiency, the decision is subject to approval by the superintendent of the school district, if the student is enrolled in a public school of a school district other than a charter school, or by the school principal, if the student is enrolled in a charter school or a school operated by a board of cooperative services. If the superintendent or principal does not approve the decision, the student will not advance to fourth grade. The local education provider will ensure that the parent and the superintendent or principal receive written notice of the decisions made concerning whether the student advances and that the written notice is included in the student's academic record. The local education provider will remove the notice from the student's academic record when the student achieves reading competency.

A student is not subject to a decision about whether to advance to the next grade level if the student enrolled in kindergarten before the 2013-14 school year; has an IEP and is eligible to take the alternative statewide assessment; is an English language learner, and the student's significant reading deficiency is due primarily to language; or has already been in the same grade for 2 years.

A student who does not advance to the next grade level must receive increased reading intervention instruction and supports to improve his or her reading competency during the year in which he or she does not advance.

Each local education provider will annually report to the department data that enables the department to determine whether students who receive READ plans achieve reading competency, how long it takes for them to do so, and whether prohibiting a student from advancing to the next grade level has a positive effect on the student's reading skill level. The department will report its analysis of the data to the state board, the governor, and the general assembly and will make it available on the department's web site.

The department will administer an early literacy grant program to provide money to applying local education providers to implement literacy support and intervention instruction programs to assist students in kindergarten and first through third grades to achieve reading competency. The grant program is funded through the early literacy fund, which consists of moneys previously appropriated to the read-to-achieve cash fund. The department is also directed to use a portion of the moneys in the fund to provide technical support to local education providers on a regional basis to assist them in implementing the early grade literacy requirements. The read-to-achieve fund and program are repealed.

Under current law, accreditation of school districts and public schools is based on 4 performance indicators. The data and processes for measuring attainment of those indicators are specified in statute. The bill adds 3 additional measures for 2 of the performance indicators to measure student success in achieving reading competency during the early grades.

The state board does not have authority to waive any of the provisions of the "Colorado Early Literacy Act" for a local education provider.

Senate SponsorsM. Johnston (D)
N. Spence (R)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (05/20/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1238
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 51
No:  12
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 39
No:  12
Yes: 47
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1241
Title: Review Enterprise Zone Designations
Axiom RemarksThe bill is the lone survivor of a three bill package attempting to reform/provide transparency to the exsisting enterprize zone programs. After much deliberations between the two house caucus and agreement was reached to do a strike below and create a study which will evaluate the present program and report to the General Assembly.
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/13/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsM. Ferrandino (D)
Official Summary

The bill requires any new enterprise zone designation to meet at least 2 of the criteria currently listed in statute, rather than at least one. Additionally, the bill requires the director of the Colorado office of economic development (director) and the Colorado economic development commission (commission) to review the enterprise zone designations at least once every 5 years to ensure that the existing zones continue to meet those criteria. As a part of each 5-year review, the director and the commission are required to analyze the annual documentation of efforts required by law. The bill allows the director and the commission to make changes or terminate existing enterprise zone designations based on the review. If it is determined that existing enterprise zone designations need to change or be terminated, the change or termination shall not be undertaken in a high unemployment period. The bill requires any changes or terminations to be reported to the legislative audit committee and the finance committees of the house of representatives and the senate. The bill allows the director and the commission to make recommendations for improved or different criteria to be used for the designation of an enterprise zone. Any recommendations are required to be presented to the legislative audit committee in conjunction with the annual presentation already required by law and reported to the finance committees of the house of representatives and the senate. The bill requires the director of the Colorado economic development commission to notify the state auditor when the review is completed. The state auditor is then required to commence a performance audit of the review undertaken and to submit a report to the governor and general assembly. The bill also requires all enterprise zones to comply with the requirement to submit annual documentation of efforts to improve economic conditions.

Senate SponsorsR. Heath (D)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (10/06/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1241
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 65
No:  0
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 52
No:  0
Yes: 48
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1251
Title: Reforms To Urban & Rural Enterprise Zone Act
Axiom RemarksBill killed in House Finance.
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/02/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsD. Hullinghorst (D)
Official Summary

The bill:

  • For the income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2014, limits the amount of an income tax credit that may be claimed in an income tax year for qualified investments in an enterprise zone to the sum of the taxpayer's actual tax liability for the income tax year up to $5,000, plus 50% of any portion of the tax liability for the income tax year that exceeds $5,000 up to a maximum of $500,000.
  • Allows a taxpayer to appeal to the Colorado economic development commission (commission) for permission to claim a credit in excess of the limit specified in the bill.
  • Requires the commission to annually post information regarding claimed investment tax credits on its web site or the Colorado office of economic development's web site.
  • Requires the commission to provide the department of revenue with information related to taxpayers receiving any credits allowed under the "Urban and Rural Enterprise Zone Act".
Senate SponsorsR. Heath (D)
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (02/29/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1251
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: HB12-1260
Title: Limit Enterprise Zone Investment Income Tax Credit
Axiom RemarksBill killed in House Finance
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/16/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Labuda (D)
Official Summary

For the income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2013, the bill limits the amount of an income tax credit that may be claimed in an income tax year for qualified investments in an enterprise zone. The limit is the lesser of:

  • The taxpayer's actual tax liability for the income tax year tothe extent such liability does not exceed $5,000, plus 50% of any portion of the tax liability for the income tax year that exceeds $5,000; or ! $250,000.
  • $250,000.
Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (02/29/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1260
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: HB12-1263
Title: Reduce Barriers To Employment Criminal Records
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/19/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsC. Levy (D)
Official Summary

If an agency requires an applicant's criminal history in the hiring process, the agency may not:

  • Unless a statute prohibits a person convicted of a specificcrime from serving in that position, indicate that a person with a criminal record may not apply; and
  • Inquire or determine the applicant's criminal history untilthe agency makes a conditional offer of employment. 

If the applicant has a criminal conviction, the agency must consider the following factors when deciding whether the conviction disqualifies the applicant from the position:

  • The nature of the conviction;
  • The relationship between the conviction and the specific position for hire and the bearing, if any, the conviction will have on his or her fitness or ability to perform the duties and responsibilities;
  • Any information produced by the applicant or produced on his or her behalf regarding his or her rehabilitation and good conduct; and
  • The time that has elapsed since the applicant's conviction.

The bill specifies that unless the offense is specifically related to the profession being licensed and was committed within ten years of the application for licensure or unless there is a specific statutory requirement to consider an individual's criminal history when granting a state license, such a consideration is unlawful.

Senate SponsorsP. Steadman (D)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (05/29/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1263
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 33
No:  31
Yes: 33
No:  2
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 15
No:  33
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1272
Title: Enhanced Benefits Unemployed Workers In Training
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/11/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsC. Duran (D)
R. Ramirez (R)
Official Summary

The bill extends the availability of enhanced unemployment insurance benefits through June 30, 2014, for an eligible claimant participating in an approved training program targeted at training the claimant for a high-demand occupation. The department of labor and employment is authorized to obligate up to $8 million during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 fiscal years to pay enhanced unemployment compensation benefits to eligible claimants during that period.

Eligible claimants would include, in addition to those receiving regular unemployment insurance benefits, those receiving extended unemployment insurance benefits or benefits under a military or federal claim. Additionally, the bill expands the types of approved training programs to include employer-based and entrepreneurial training programs and expands the list of training program providers to include employers and entities that provide apprenticeship or entrepreneurial training.

Senate SponsorsL. Newell (D)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (10/06/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1272
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 48
No:  16
Yes: 21
No:  14
Yes: 51
No:  1
Yes: 18
No:  29
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB12-1280
Title: Video Lottery Terminals For College Scholarships
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/02/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Sonnenberg (R)
D. Coram (R)
Official Summary

The Colorado lottery commission (commission) is given discretionary authority to license no more than 2 lottery retailers to install and operate video lottery terminals (VLTs). Qualifications to be a lottery retailer are established in the bill. A lottery retailer is prohibited from installing or operating a VLT unless certain conditions are satisfied. A single lottery retailer may install and operate VLTs at a limited number of sites within Colorado. The bill specifies that VLTs shall not be installed or operated at more than 3 sites within Colorado or in any city, town, city and county, or unincorporated portion of a county unless its governing body or a majority of its electors gives prior approval. To defray the costs of the related on- and off-site impacts and subject to certain limitations, video lottery impact fees may be imposed on a lottery retailer by the governing body of any city, town, city and county, or county in which premises are located on which video lottery terminals are to be located.

The commission is given rule-making authority to implement the bill and to monitor and regulate the operation of VLTs. Each VLT is subject to approval by the commission in accordance with its rules and must meet certain requirements. Lottery retailers are required to be responsible for all expenses necessary to purchase or lease, install, maintain, and operate VLTs. Lottery retailers are entitled to receive a specified percentage of net machine income from VLTs. The remainder of the proceeds from the operation of VLTs, net of expenses and prizes, is required to be distributed in accordance with section 3 (1) (b) (III) of article XXVII of the state constitution (great outdoors Colorado program).

All revenues that would otherwise be allocated to the general fund pursuant to section 3 (1) (b) (III) of the great outdoors Colorado program are to be credited to the Colorado college scholarship fund, which is created by the bill, except for a portion of the moneys to be credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund up to a specified amount and a portion of the moneys to be allocated to Colorado community colleges in certain circumstances. Revenues in the Colorado college scholarship fund will be used to fund a scholarship program, which the general assembly must enact by bill during the 2013 legislative session, to increase the access of Colorado residents to undergraduate postsecondary education.

Senate SponsorsN. Spence (R)
L. Tochtrop (D)
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (05/10/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1280
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: HB12-1309
Title: Colorado Mandatory E-verify Act
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/20/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsS. Swalm (R)
M. Looper (R)
Official Summary

Under current law, employers are required to examine, and retain records of examining, the legal work status of new employees. The bill enacts the "Colorado Mandatory E-verify Act", which requires all employers in the state, by January 1, 2013, to instead participate in the federal electronic verification program (e-verify program) for purposes of verifying the work eligibility status of all new employees hired by an employer. Employers are subject to fines of up to $5,000 for a first offense and up to $25,000 for a second offense for failing to participate in the e-verify program. For subsequent offenses, an employer is subject to a fine of up to $25,000 and a 6-month suspension of the employer's business licenses.

The department of labor and employment (department) must notify employers via quarterly electronic publications and post a notice on its web site explaining the requirements of the act to employers. Additionally, the bill requires the secretary of state, in consultation with the department, to include information about the requirements of the act on its web site.

Senate SponsorsK. King (R)
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole (05/08/2012)
Votes on Bill HB12-1309
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: SB12-005
Title: Ofc Econ Dev Business Retention & Expansion Prog
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/03/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsT. Massey (R)
Official Summary

In order to retain and grow existing businesses in the state, the bill directs the Colorado office of economic development (office) to develop and administer the Colorado business retention and expansion program under the office's statewide economic development plan. The bill describes the office's specific duties under the program, including the requirement that the office annually report on the program to the general assembly.

Senate SponsorsL. Newell (D)
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole (05/04/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-005
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 22
No:  11
Yes: 19
No:  0
Yes: 3
No:  11
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB12-011
Title: Child Abuse Differential Response Program
Axiom RemarksArapahoe County strongly supports this bill.
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/17/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsK. Summers (R)
Official Summary

Under current law, only 5 counties may participate in the differential response pilot program for child abuse or neglect cases of low or moderate risk (pilot program). The bill eliminates this limitation and allows the executive director of the state department of human services to select participating counties. On and after July 1, 2012, the executive director shall consult with the participating county departments before selecting any additional county departments to participate in the pilot program.

Senate SponsorsN. Spence (R)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (03/24/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-011
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 65
No:  0
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 52
No:  0
Yes: 48
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB12-015
Title: Creating Optional Category Of Higher Ed Tuition
Axiom RemarksThe Aurora Chamber voted to support. Uphill battle in the house
Position
CategoryHigher Education
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/30/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsC. Duran (D)
Official Summary

Unless the governing board of an institution of higher education (institution) adopts a policy stating that it will not offer standard-rate tuition, the bill requires an institution of higher education to classify a student, other than certain foreign students or trainees defined in federal law, as a standard-rate student for tuition purposes so long as the student:

    • Attended a public or private high school in Colorado for 3or more years immediately preceding the date the student graduated from a Colorado high school or earned a general educational development certificate (certificate) in Colorado; and
    • Is admitted to an institution in Colorado within 12 monthsafter graduating from high school or earning a certificate.
    • The bill provides a one-year exception to the eligibility requirements for a student who meets all of the eligibility requirements but was not admitted to an institution within 12 months after graduating from high school or earning a certificate. The exception is repealed after one year.

 

A student applying for the tuition classification who does not have documentation of lawful immigration or nationality status shall submit an affidavit to the institution stating that he or she is requesting documentation of, has applied for, or will be applying for, lawful status as soon as he or she is eligible. The information contained in the affidavit is confidential and is a protected education record of the student.

A student classified as a standard-rate student is not eligible for a college opportunity fund stipend or for any state-funded, need-based financial aid.

Eligibility for the tuition classification is not based upon residency.

A student classified as a standard-rate student for tuition purposes shall not be counted as a resident, and the tuition classification shall not be deemed to establish residency or domicile for any purpose.

A student paying standard-rate tuition shall pay the student's share of in-state tuition plus an amount equal to the college opportunity fund stipend awarded to in-state students.

Verification of lawful presence in the United States is not required for persons applying for the tuition classification.

Senate SponsorsA. Giron (D)
M. Johnston (D)
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (04/25/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-015
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 20
No:  14
Yes: 20
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  14
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB12-022
Title: Maintain Child Care Assistance Working Families
Axiom RemarksArapahoe County strongly opposes this bill
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/20/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsT. Massey (R)
Official Summary

Under the current law, when a person receiving child care assistance under the Colorado child care assistance program (CCCAP) is ineligible due to exceeding the income eligibility level adopted by the county department of social services, the county department is strongly encouraged to continue providing child care assistance for 6 months and to work with the person to provide a gradual transition off of the child care assistance. This bill eliminates that permissive 6-month option when a person's income exceeds the county-adopted eligibility level and requires that the county continue to provide child care assistance to the person for a period of 2 years while the person pays a series of incremental increases in the portion of the parental share of the child care.

The bill requires the state board of human services to adopt rules establishing a formula for the scheduled increases in the parental share based on income and on the cost of child care with the goal of the parent becoming more self-sufficient, maintaining stable employment, and taking on more of the cost of child care over the 2-year period. A family that receives child care assistance during the extended 2-year period is required to report any income changes during the 2-year period and is subject to a redetermination of eligibility after the first 12 months.

Senate SponsorsS. Williams (D)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (04/16/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-022
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 43
No:  19
Yes: 23
No:  11
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 15
No:  30
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB12-035
Title: Spaceflight Entity Limited Liability
Axiom RemarksRecommend SUPPORTsince Aurora is the site of the "space port"?The bill limits liability for a spaceflight entity (entity) for any injury to a spaceflight participant (participant) unless the injury is intentionally caused or proximately caused by gross negligence on the part of the entity. Before participating in a spaceflight activity, a participant must sign an agreement and warning statement acknowledging his or her understanding of limited liability for the entity.
Position
CategoryEconomic Development
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/02/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsB. Gardner (R)
Official Summary

The bill limits liability for a spaceflight entity (entity) for any injury to a spaceflight participant (participant) unless the injury is intentionally caused or proximately caused by gross negligence on the part of the entity. Before participating in a spaceflight activity, a participant must sign an agreement and warning statement acknowledging his or her understanding of limited liability for the entity.

Senate SponsorsM. Hodge (D)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (04/23/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-035
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 65
No:  0
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 52
No:  0
Yes: 48
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB12-051
Title: Contract Requirements For School Districts
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/20/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsT. Massey (R)
Official Summary

Under current law, each school district and each board of cooperative services (BOCES) may enter into contracts for services, including educational services, activities, or undertakings that schools are authorized by law to perform. The bill directs each school district board of education (board) to consider adopting a policy for entering into contracts that will:

  • Require school district personnel to perform a cost-benefitanalysis before recommending that the district contract for a service, activity, or undertaking;
  • Require school district personnel to implement a formalbidding process;
  • Specify criteria that school district personnel will considerin recommending a contractor to the board, including whether the contractor understands the culture of the affected school and will execute the contract in a manner that supports student success; and ! Specify minimum contract terms.
  • Specify minimum contract terms.
  • Beginning September 1, 2012, each school district, BOCES, and charter school must post copies of their services contracts on their web

sites with the other budgetary information required by statute.

Senate SponsorsB. Bacon (D)
StatusSigned by Governor (05/24/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-051
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 41
No:  21
Yes: 20
No:  15
Yes: 47
No:  2
Yes: 14
No:  34
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB12-052
Title: Local & Statewide Assessed Prop Tax Exemption
Axiom RemarksThe bill increases the exemption to $14,000 for the next property tax year cycle, which in turn increases the future inflation-adjusted amount of the exemption.For a period of 10 years, the bill also exempts a portion of the business personal property of a state-assessed public utility through the creation of a valuation cap. FISCAL NOTE WILL LIKLEY BE HIGH- PASSAGE MAY BE PROBLEMATIC
Position
CategoryTax Policy
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/29/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsK. Priola (R)
Official Summary

Under current law, the amount of the exemption from property tax for business personal property listed on a single personal property schedule is $5,500 for the current property tax year cycle, $7,000 for the next property tax year cycle, and an inflation-adjusted amount for each property tax year cycle thereafter. The bill increases the exemption to $14,000 for the next property tax year cycle, which in turn increases the future inflation-adjusted amount of the exemption.

For a period of 10 years, the bill also exempts a portion of the business personal property of a state-assessed public utility through the creation of a valuation cap. The valuation cap is based on the actual value of the public utility's operating property and plant for the 2011 property tax year, or a later property tax year in the case of a new public utility, with an incremental increase each year thereafter during the 10-year period. The value of property above the cap is deemed to be attributable to business personal property, unless the property tax administrator determines otherwise.

Senate SponsorsM. Scheffel (R)
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (02/16/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-052
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: SB12-053
Title: Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Repeal
Axiom RemarksLast year the Chamber supported SB 10 200 to create the Health Care Benefit Exchange. This bill would repeal it.
Position
CategoryHealth Care
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/15/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsM. Looper (R)
Official Summary

The bill repeals the "Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act" if the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" as amended by the "Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (federal act) is repealed or the United States supreme court rules that all or any part of the federal act is unconstitutional.

Senate SponsorsT. Neville (R)
StatusSenate Committee on Health and Human Services Postpone Indefinitely (02/06/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-053
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: SB12-062
Title: Voting By Military Personnel
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/09/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsM. Looper (R)
Official Summary

Currently, the internet-based voting pilot program fund consists of only gifts, grants, and donations, and the pilot program cannot be implemented until enough gifts, grants, and donations are received to cover the costs of the pilot program. The bill directs the state treasurer to transfer $100,000 from the department of state cash fund to the internet-based voting pilot program fund so that the secretary of state may begin implementing the pilot program.

Additionally, the bill allows a uniformed services elector to verbally provide a commissioned officer with the information necessary for the officer to request a mail-in ballot on behalf of the uniformed services elector.

Finally, the bill adds a veteran identification card issued by the veterans health administration within the United States department of veterans affairs to the list of acceptable forms of identification for voter registration purposes.

Senate SponsorsS. Williams (D)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (04/13/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-062
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 63
No:  0
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 47
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB12-063
Title: Sev Tax Revenues For Rural Insts Of Higher Ed
Axiom RemarksArapahoe County strongly opposes this bill
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/29/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House Sponsors
Official Summary

The bill establishes a $100 million cap, as adjusted annually for inflation, on the current allocation of severance tax revenue. Any revenue received above the $100 million cap, as adjusted annually for inflation, is first made available to any political subdivisions socially or economically impacted by the development, processing, or energy conversion of minerals and mineral fuels subject to taxation, but only for a serious need. Such political subdivision must make a grant request at a joint committee hearing of the house local government committee and the senate local government and energy committee, or any successor committees. Whatever moneys remain after the joint committee awards grants to those particular political subdivisions is to be transferred to the rural higher education cash fund and annually appropriated to rural institutions of higher education on a proportionate basis. The bill requires that each rural institution of higher education set aside at least 50% of each annual appropriation in a separate trust account in order to build an endowment fund to be used by the rural institution of higher education.

Senate SponsorsG. Brophy (R)
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (02/02/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-063
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: SB12-080
Title: Business Comment Fiscal Impact Proposed Laws Rules
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/02/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House Sponsors
Official Summary

The bill requires the staff of the legislative council to designate a 5-day period following the introduction of new legislation or the notice of proposed rule-making during which Colorado businesses may submit comments regarding the business fiscal impact of the new legislation or rule. Upon the expiration of the period, the staff of the legislative council is required to prepare a notice of reported business fiscal impact (notice) setting forth the range of fiscal impacts contained in the comments. For legislation, the notice will accompany the fiscal note. For rules, the notice will be forwarded to the executive director of the principal department seeking to promulgate the rule and posted on the staff of the legislative council's official web site.

Senate SponsorsS. Mitchell (R)
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/13/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-080
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: SB12-088
Title: Preempt Local Regulation Of Oil & Gas Operations
Axiom RemarksArapahoe County strongly opposes this bill
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/30/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House Sponsors
Official Summary

The bill specifies that the regulation of oil and gas operations is a matter of statewide concern, the Colorado oil and gas conservation commission has exclusive jurisdiction to regulate oil and gas operations, and local regulation of oil and gas operations is preempted by state law.

Senate SponsorsT. Harvey (R)
StatusSenate Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely (02/17/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-088
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: SB12-100
Title: Prohibit Discrimination Labor Union Participation
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/31/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Joshi (R)
Official Summary

The bill prohibits an employer from requiring any person, as a condition of employment, to become or remain a member of a labor organization or to pay dues, fees, or other assessments to a labor organization or to a charity organization or other third party in lieu of the labor organization. Any agreement that violates these prohibitions or the rights of an employee is void pursuant to the bill. The bill creates civil and criminal penalties for violatons and authorizes the attorney general and the district attorney in each judicial district to investigate and take action against a person believed to be in violation. The bill states that all-union agreements are unfair labor practices.

Senate SponsorsT. Neville (R)
StatusSenate Committee on Business, Labor and Technology Postpone Indefinitely (02/15/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-100
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: SB12-101
Title: Authority Of A Local Improvement District
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/08/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsL. Bradford (R)
Official Summary

The bill modifies certain provisions of the law governing county and city and county local improvement districts (districts) to make the provisions consistent with the law governing improvement districts. Section 1 of the bill allows a district in which a sales tax is levied to include noncontiguous areas.

Section 2 allows a district to use sales tax revenues for the organization, promotion, marketing, and management of public events. It further specifies procedures for a property owner to petition to be included in or excluded from a district.

Senate SponsorsJ. Nicholson (D)
StatusHouse Second Reading Laid Over Daily (05/09/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-101
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 20
No:  15
Yes: 20
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  15
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB12-107
Title: Protect Water Oil Gas Operations Fracking
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/03/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsR. Wilson (D)
Official Summary

The bill enacts the "Water Rights Protection Act", under which the Colorado oil and gas conservation commission (commission) must establish rules for:

  • Hydraulic fracturing near radioactive materials and siteslisted on the national priority list pursuant to the federal "superfund" law; and
  • The shut-down of hydraulic fracturing operations whenmonitoring equipment detects a pressure drop.
  • Oil and gas operators must submit water quantity reports showing projected and actual sources and amounts of water needed for hydraulically fracturing a well. Operators must also submit pre- and post-fracturing water quality reports for all active water wells located within .5 mile of oil and gas wells that will be or have been hydraulically

fractured. This information will be posted on the commission's web site.

Operators cannot inject into the ground any chemical compound that would cause cancer.

In addition to existing financial assurances, each operator that engages in a high-risk hydraulic fracturing treatment must take out an environmental bond that would be forfeited if the operator's operations cause any damage to water rights.

Subject to listed affirmative defenses, an operator is presumed to be responsible for the pollution of a water supply that is within .5 mile of a line between the well head and the surface projection of the bottom hole location of the well, if the pollution occurred within 6 months after the completion of the hydraulic fracturing of the well. Hydraulic fracturing would be prohibited within .5 mile of any surface water, including a pond, reservoir, or other natural or artificial impoundment or stream, ditch, or other artificial waterway, unless the operator uses a closed-loop system.

Senate SponsorsM. Carroll (D)
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (05/09/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-107
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: SB12-123
Title: Enhance Secretary Of State On-line Filing System
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/13/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsJ. Brown (R)
J. Brown (R)
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill directs the secretary of state to implement enhancements to the on-line business filing system, including enhancements to user accounts and for registered agents and records management, certifications, the integration of business documents with charitable solicitation documents, and greater search functionality.

Sections 2 through 6 authorize a registered agent to become a "commercial registered agent", which allows a registered agent to file documents relating to multiple entities, thus saving the registered agent time and reducing filing fees. Section 7 allows a reporting entity to change its anniversary month when it files a periodic report, its organic organizational document, or a restatement of its organic organizational document.

Senate SponsorsS. Renfroe (R)
S. Renfroe (R)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (05/11/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-123
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 61
No:  0
Yes: 32
No:  0
Yes: 50
No:  0
Yes: 43
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB12-136
Title: State Personnel Total Compensation Reporting
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/16/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsS. Swalm (R)
Official Summary

Current law requires the state personnel director to annually prepare a compensation report of the state personnel system. The bill changes this requirement to apply every even-numbered year. The state personnel director shall include in the biennial compensation report recommendations and estimated costs for state employee retirement benefits for the next fiscal year.

Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (02/15/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-136
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: SB12-139
Title: Coordination Of Work Support Assistance
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/12/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsR. Fields (D)
K. Summers (R)
Official Summary

Currently, under the Colorado works program, the state board of human services defines "work activities" by rule. The bill expands the description of work activities to include financial education classes, participation in microenterprise training and self-employment, and time spent on agency appointments as well as travel to and from those appointments.

When a person first applies for benefits under the Colorado works program, current law directs the county department of social services (county department) to conduct an assessment of the person's needs and abilities. The bill directs the county departments as part of the assessment to determine the person's employability and eligibility for benefits under social security programs. It encourages the county departments to collaborate with others in completing the assessment.

Following the assessment, an individual responsibility contract (IRC) is developed. The bill specifies that the person is to take the lead in developing goals for the IRC. If the case manager does not include the person's goals in the IRC, the case manager must provide a written rationale for doing so. As part of the IRC, county departments are encouraged to include financial education.

After the completion of the IRC, the bill directs the county departments to allow the person to select a single case manager for all meetings who will coordinate all services.

Currently, the department of human services (state department) by rule specifies what may be disregarded for purposes of determining a person's income. The bill directs the state department to extend the income disregards to the fullest extent allowed by federal law.

Senate SponsorsB. Boyd (D)
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/03/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-139
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 21
No:  12
Yes: 19
No:  0
Yes: 2
No:  12
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB12-143
Title: Local Business Database Ofc Economic Development
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/13/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsD. Pabon (D)
Official Summary

The bill directs the Colorado office of economic development (office) to create, by 2014, an electronic database of local businesses in Colorado. Such businesses are included in the database upon a business submitting certain information about the business, certifying that the business is a local business, and filing a fee with the office. A person may access the database free of charge.

Senate SponsorsM. Carroll (D)
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/28/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-143
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 20
No:  14
Yes: 20
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  14
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB12-144
Title: Ofc Econ Dev Strategy Grow & Retain Key Industries
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/13/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsS. Ryden (D)
K. Summers (R)
Official Summary

The bill directs the Colorado office of economic development (office) to develop a strategy to grow key industries located in the state. In creating the strategy, the office will facilitate the creation of, and collaborate with, a key industry network working group (working group), comprised of various stakeholders, for each of Colorado's key industries. A working group is tasked with developing and implementing a 3-year business plan to grow its key industry, which business plan will be incorporated into the office's key industries strategy. The office must annually report its progress to the general assembly.

Senate SponsorsR. Heath (D)
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (05/04/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-144
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 24
No:  9
Yes: 19
No:  0
Yes: 5
No:  9
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB12-153
Title: Sunshine In Litigation Act
Axiom RemarksExtreme oppostion from business community groups. Various legal opinions suggest the measure goes far beyond the "manufacturing" community and targets a broad base of business. Recommend Oppose
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/09/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House Sponsors
Official Summary

The bill creates a rebuttable presumption that information concerning a public hazard (information) must be disclosed in a court action. A party objecting to the disclosure can seek a protective order to limit disclosure if the court finds, by clear and convincing evidence, that certain factors have been met, including that the information is not relevant to the public hazard and is not useful to members of the public in protecting themselves from injury resulting from the public hazard.

Senate SponsorsJ. Morse (D)
StatusSenate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (04/09/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-153
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: SB12-157
Title: Telecommunications Modernization Act Of 2012
Axiom RemarksLong over due telecomm modernization statue. Pits majority of telecommunications/cable providers who support the bill against CenturyLink who objects to having the HCF support mechinism eliminated in areas where a competitive test (5 or more providers and 90percent customers) established by the PUC is passed.
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/19/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsA. Williams (D)
C. Murray (R)
Official Summary

In 1987, article 15 of title 40, Colorado Revised Statutes, governing intrastate telecommunications services, was repealed and reenacted. Since then, the statutes have been amended to accommodate technological changes and increased competition in many segments of the communications industry but, for the most part, retain the regulatory structure that developed in an era of traditional voice-centric wireline service.

The bill makes substantial revisions to article 15 to reflect current conditions and in anticipation of future evolution of the market, including:

  • Directing the Colorado public utilities commission toeliminate price controls for all retail services except basic local exchange service provided to residential customers and emergency service, and to periodically reexamine whether competition has advanced sufficiently in particular geographic areas so that price controls on these services may also be eliminated;
  • Requiring local exchange carriers to adjust their rates forswitched access service over a period of time until their intrastate rates match their interstate rates on file with the federal communications commission; and
  • Beginning the process of reducing and eventuallyeliminating the state's high cost support mechanism (HCSM), which subsidized the construction of land lines and other infrastructure when those methods were the only methods available to bring telecommunications services to rural areas of the state. The bill directs part of the revenue freed up by reductions in the HCSM to a broadband capital investment fund administered by the office of information technology.
Senate SponsorsL. Tochtrop (D)
M. Scheffel (R)
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (05/04/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-157
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: SB12-166
Title: Synchronize Econ Dev Reports & Req Annual Report
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/09/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsK. Priola (R)
A. Williams (D)
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill requires the Colorado office of economic development (office) to submit a report annually to the general assembly describing the office's programs. The annual report must be made on or before November 1, and the duty to make the annual report continues indefinitely.

For reports currently required from the office or the economic development commission, sections 2 to 5 of the bill make November 1 the date by which the reports must be submitted.

Senate SponsorsA. Giron (D)
E. Roberts (R)
StatusGovernor Action - Signed (06/04/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-166
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 63
No:  2
Yes: 27
No:  6
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 39
No:  8
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB12-177
Title: Unemployment Ins Rates Revenue Bonds
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/18/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsL. Liston (R)
D. Pabon (D)
Official Summary

Under current law, the Colorado housing and finance authority may issue unemployment revenue bonds for the unemployment compensation fund. The bill makes the following changes to current law:

  • Makes the unemployment insurance laws consistent with those of the Colorado housing and finance authority with respect to the issuance of unemployment revenue bonds by either the unemployment compensation section or the Colorado housing and finance authority.
  • Authorizes the deposit of all or any portion of bond assessments paid by employers for principal of the bonds into the unemployment compensation fund prior to being transferred to the Colorado housing and finance authority. This allows these payments to count toward improving the experience rating of employers.
  • Authorizes the assessment of interest and other bond costs through the employment support fund and requires the transfer of these assessments to the Colorado housing and finance authority for the payment of interest and other costs associated with the bonds.

In order to facilitate the issuance of unemployment revenue bonds, the bill accelerates the date for the creation of the division of unemployment insurance by adding an effective date of June 1, 2012, to House Bill 12-1120 and placing a safety clause on that bill.

Senate SponsorsC. Jahn (D)
StatusHouse Second Reading Laid Over Daily (05/09/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-177
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 20
No:  0
Yes: 15
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB12-182
Title: Authorize Benefit Corporations
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/27/2012)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsT. Massey (R)
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill enacts the "Invest in Colorado Act", and authorizes the creation of benefit corporations. A benefit corporation must have, as one of its purposes specified in its articles of incorporation, the goal of creating general public benefit. The bill establishes the requirements for a corporation to be created as, or to elect to become, a benefit corporation, including:

  • The election and termination of benefit status;
  • The promotion of general public benefit as a purpose of thecorporation;
  • Standards of accountability for the conduct of directors andofficers of a benefit corporation;
  • Designation of a benefit director;
  • Rights of action in benefit proceedings; and! The preparation and availability of annual benefit reports.
  • The preparation and availability of annual benefit reports. 

Section 2 specifies dissenters' rights for shareholders of a benefit corporation. Section 3 clarifies that an offer or sale of a security of a benefit corporation is not a solicitation for purposes of the "Colorado Charitable Solicitations Act" if the offer or sale complies with the "Colorado Securities Act".

 

Senate SponsorsS. Mitchell (R)
B. Bacon (D)
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole (05/08/2012)
Votes on Bill SB12-182
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 31
No:  4
Yes: 20
No:  0
Yes: 11
No:  4
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB12-SJR037
Title: Adequate & Reliable Transportation Funding
Axiom Remarks
Position
Category
Fiscal Notes 
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
House SponsorsG. Vaad (R)
Official Summary

CONCERNING THE NEED FOR ADEQUATE AND RELIABLE LONG-TERM SOURCES OF FUNDING FOR THE STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM.

Senate SponsorsL. Tochtrop (D)
StatusSigned by the President of the Senate (00/00/0000)
Votes on Bill SB12-SJR037
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

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