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Bill: HB18-1065
Title: DHS Department of Human Services Employee Discipline Harm To Vulnerable Persons
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CCW Summary

Concerning discipline of a department of human services employee when the employee is found to have mistreated a vulnerable person.

Bill Subject- State Government
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (01/10/2018)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
S. Beckman (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
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The Colorado department of human services (department) operates
numerous facilities in the state that provide direct care to vulnerable
people, including veterans and their families, youth in rehabilitation
programs, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and
people with mental health diagnoses. Current law specifies when an

employee of the department (employee) will be suspended or dismissed
after being charged with specified criminal offenses. However, the
department has encountered difficulty in suspending, dismissing, or
otherwise disciplining employees through the administrative process
when the employee was involved in an egregious incident of mistreatment
of a vulnerable person but was not convicted of a criminal offense. The
bill specifies that:
  • In considering a disciplinary action against an employee for
engaging in mistreatment, abuse, exploitation, or neglect
against a vulnerable person, the appointing authority shall
give predominant weight to the safety of vulnerable
persons over the interests of any other person.
  • If the disciplinary action includes a written finding by the
appointing authority that the employee has engaged in
mistreatment, abuse, exploitation, or neglect against a
vulnerable person, the employee is presumed to have
engaged in serious and flagrant willful misconduct or
serious and flagrant willful failure to perform his or her
duties (presumption).
  • If the employee petitions for a hearing before the state
personnel board, the presumption may be rebutted only if
the employee presents clear and convincing evidence to
contradict and overcome the appointing authority's finding
that the employee has engaged in mistreatment, abuse,
exploitation, or neglect against a vulnerable person.

House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
S. Beckman (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate Committee
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (01/10/2018)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB18-1065
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: HB18-1066
Title: Clarify Sexually Exploitative Material Discovery
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CCW Summary

Concerning clarifying that the law enforcement and defense counsel exemption for sexual exploitation of a child crime does not change the discovery procedures for sexually exploitative material.

Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (01/10/2018)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsY. Willett (R)
M. Foote (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/16/2018)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/16/2018)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
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Comment
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Last session, Senate Bill 17-115 expanded the group of people
who, if they possessed sexually exploitative material in the performance
of their duties, could not commit sexual exploitation of a child to all law

enforcement personnel and defense counsel personnel. The bill clarifies
that the sexual exploitation of a child statute does not change the
discovery procedure for sexually exploitative materials and that the
defendant and defense counsel personnel are not allowed to receive
copies of the materials.

House SponsorsY. Willett (R)
M. Foote (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Cooke (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate Committee
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (01/10/2018)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB18-1066
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: SB18-017
Title: Determinate Sentence For Indeterminate Sex Offense
Position
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CCW Summary

Concerning granting judicial discretion to sentence a defendant to an indeterminate or determinate sentence for a sexual offense, and, in connection therewith, requiring the criteria and basis for the sentencing decision to be articulated on the public record.

Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary (01/10/2018)
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
House Sponsors
House Committee
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/16/2018)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/16/2018)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
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Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

Sentencing in the Criminal Justice System Interim Study
Committee. Currently, a court is required to sentence certain sex

offenders to an indeterminate sentence that is a maximum of the sex
offender's life. The bill allows the court to choose either the indeterminate
sentence or a determinate sentence in those cases. The bill addresses the
factors related to punishment and treatment that a court must consider
when deciding between an indeterminate or a determinate sentence. The
court must specify its reasons on the record for choosing either a
determinate or an indeterminate sentence.

House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsK. Lundberg (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary (01/10/2018)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB18-017
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: SB18-024
Title: Expand Access Behavioral Health Care Providers
Position
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CCW Summary

Concerning modifications to the Colorado health service corps program administered by the department of public health and environment to expand the availability of behavioral health care providers in shortage areas in the state.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Labor & Employment
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services (01/10/2018)
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
House Committee
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/16/2018)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/16/2018)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
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Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study
Committee. The bill modifies the Colorado health service corps program

administered by the primary care office in the department of public health
and environment as follows:
  • For purposes of determining areas in the state in which
there is a shortage of health care professionals and
behavioral health care providers to meet the needs of the
community, allows the primary care office, under guidance
adopted by the state board of health, to develop and
administer state health professional shortage areas using
state-specific methodologies;
  • Allows behavioral health care providers, which include
licensed and certified addiction counselors, licensed
professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers,
licensed marriage and family therapists, clinical
psychologists, advanced practice nurses, and physicians
certified or trained in addiction medicine, pain
management, or psychiatry, and candidates for licensure as
an addiction counselor, professional counselor, clinical
social worker, marriage and family therapist, or
psychologist, to participate in the loan repayment program
on the condition of committing to provide behavioral health
care services in health professional shortage areas for a
specified period;
  • Directs the advisory council to prioritize loan repayment
and scholarships for those behavioral health care providers,
candidates for licensure, or addiction counselors who
provide behavioral health care services in nonprofit or
public employer settings but permits consideration of
applicants practicing in a private setting that serves
underserved populations;
  • Establishes a scholarship program to help defray the
education and training costs associated with obtaining
certification as an addiction counselor or with progressing
to a higher level of certification;
  • Adds 2 members to the advisory council that reviews
program applications, which members include a
representative of an organization representing substance
use disorder treatment providers and a licensed or certified
addiction counselor who has experience in rural health,
safety net clinics, or health equity;
  • Modifies program reporting requirements and requires
annual reporting that coincides with required SMART Act
reporting by the department; and
  • Requires the general assembly to annually appropriate $2.5
million from the marijuana tax cash fund to the primary
care office to provide loan repayment for behavioral health
care providers and candidates for licensure participating in
the Colorado health service corps and to award
scholarships to addiction counselors participating in the
scholarship program.

House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
Senate SponsorsC. Jahn (D)
J. Tate (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services (01/10/2018)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB18-024
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: SB18-026
Title: Make Sex Offender Registration More Effective
Position
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CCW Summary

Concerning measures to make sex offender registration more effective.

Bill SubjectNone
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary (01/10/2018)
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
House Sponsors
House Committee
Hearing Date
Fiscal Notes 
Hearing Date
Fiscal Notes 
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

Under current law, a person is required to register as a sex offender
(registrant) in Colorado if he or she is a Colorado resident and is required
to register in another state. The bill states that a Colorado resident only
has to register in Colorado for an out-of-state conviction if the person
would be required to register in Colorado if the conviction occurred in
Colorado.

In addition, a registrant is required to register in person at his or
her local law enforcement agency. The bill allows the law enforcement
agency to waive the in-person registration requirement after initial
registration if the person suffers from a physical or intellectual disability
to the extent that it is a severe hardship to register in person. If the waiver
is authorized, the law enforcement agency must reregister the registrant
after verifying the registrant's address and provide documentation of the
waiver to the Colorado bureau of investigation and any other law
enforcement agency with which the person registers.
Under current law, specified registrants can file a petition to
discontinue registration. The bill requires the court to grant a petition to
discontinue registration if the registrant has successfully completed his or
her sentence, the registrant has not been convicted of a subsequent sex
offense, and the required waiting period has expired unless the
prosecuting attorney or victim objects and presents credible evidence that
the registrant is likely to commit a subsequent offense of unlawful sexual
behavior.
Notwithstanding any statutory barriers to the contrary, the bill
allows a registrant or his or her legal representative to file a petition to
discontinue registration if the registrant is incapacitated and does not
present an unacceptable public safety risk. The court shall grant the
petition if the petitioner shows that the registrant is incapacitated, does
not present an unacceptable public safety risk, and is not likely to commit
a subsequent sex offense.

House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsD. Kagan (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary (01/10/2018)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB18-026
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: SB18-055
Title: Increase Surcharge For Trafficking Children
Position
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CCW Summary

Concerning the crimes against children surcharge in cases involving trafficking of children.

Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance (01/11/2018)
Senate CommitteeFinance
House Sponsors
House Committee
Hearing Date
Fiscal Notes 
Hearing Date
Fiscal Notes 
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Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

Current law requires each person who is convicted of a crime
against a child to pay a surcharge to the clerk of the court for the judicial
district in which the conviction occurs. The bill adds the crime of human
trafficking of a minor for sexual servitude to the definition of crime
against a child for purposes of the surcharge. For a class 2 felony, the
amount of the fine is $1,500. The bill states that if the class 2 felony is for

human trafficking of a minor for involuntary servitude or for human
trafficking of a minor for sexual servitude, then the amount of the fine is
$3,000. Additionally, in cases where an offender is required to pay the
new surcharge, the court is encouraged to delay any finding of indigence
until 6 months after the offender's conviction, at which time the court may
require the defendant or defendant's counsel to submit documents that
substantiate the defendant's indigence.

House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsT. Neville (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeFinance
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance (01/11/2018)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB18-055
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: SB18-058
Title: Failure Report Child Abuse Statute Of Limitations
Position
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CCW Summary

Concerning making failure to report child abuse a crime in which the statute of limitations begins to run upon discovery of the act.

Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs (01/11/2018)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
House SponsorsT. Carver (R)
House Committee
Hearing Date
Fiscal Notes 
Hearing Date
Fiscal Notes 
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill makes failure to report child abuse or neglect one of the
crimes in which the statute of limitations begins to run upon discovery of
the criminal act or the delinquent act.

House SponsorsT. Carver (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs (01/11/2018)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB18-058
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: SB18-059
Title: Public Safety Information-sharing System
Position
Hearing Time
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CCW Summary

Concerning creation of a public safety information-sharing system.

Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary (01/11/2018)
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
House SponsorsD. Pabon (D)
House Committee
Hearing Date
Fiscal Notes 
Hearing Date
Fiscal Notes 
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill creates the law enforcement information-sharing grant
program (grant program) within the division of homeland security and
emergency management (division). The grant program shall provide a
grant to a consortium of at least 50 law enforcement agencies in the state
for the purpose of operating and maintaining a law enforcement
information-sharing system.

The bill requires the executive director of the department of public
safety to promulgate rules for the administration of the grant program. At
a minimum, the rules must specify the time frames for applying for
grants, the form of the grant program application, and the time frames for
distributing grant money. In determining whether to award a grant, the
division shall consider:
  • The applicant's capacity to serve law enforcement agencies
statewide;
  • The applicant's ability to operate and maintain a law
enforcement information-sharing system; and
  • The applicant's ability to make necessary investments in a
law enforcement information-sharing system.
The bill creates the law enforcement information-sharing grant
program fund (fund) and directs the general assembly to appropriate $1.9
million to the fund from the marijuana tax cash fund for the 2018-19
fiscal year.

House SponsorsD. Pabon (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary (01/11/2018)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB18-059
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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