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Bill: HB14-1014
Title: Modify Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/20/2014)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
LobbyistsLobbyists
StatusGovernor Signed (05/16/2014)
Senate CommitteeFinance
House CommitteeBusiness, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development
Senate SponsorsM. Scheffel (R)
R. Heath (D)
House SponsorsB. DelGrosso (R)
T. Kraft-Tharp (D)
Official Summary

For income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2014, the
bill modifies the job growth incentive tax credit by extending the tax
credit claim period from 60 months to 96 months, lowering the average
wage match from 110% to 100%, and changing the language that governs
the commission's approval of a project to show that the credit is a
substantial factor in the decision to locate or retain the project in
Colorado.

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CategoryEconomic Development
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Bill: HB14-1091
Title: Accurate Experience Modification Workers' Comp
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/18/2014)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
LobbyistsLobbyists
StatusHouse Committee on Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development Postpone Indefinitely (02/27/2014)
Senate Committee
House CommitteeBusiness, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development
Senate SponsorsC. Jahn (D)
House SponsorsS. Swalm (R)
Official Summary

The bill requires each workers' compensation insurance carrier to
notify the authorized rating organization to revise the experience
modification factor of an employer to reflect the actual dollar amount
paid for a closed claim instead of the amount reserved prior to the closure
of the claim and the amount recovered through subrogation of a claim.
The bill requires the authorized rating organization to revise the
experience modification factor to reflect the revised claims information.
The carrier is required to credit the employer for the premium change as
a result of the revised experience modification factor.

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CategoryBusiness Climate, Labor
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Bill: HB14-1165
Title: Private Construction Contract Retainage & Payments
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/02/2014)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
LobbyistsLobbyists
StatusHouse Committee on Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development Postpone Indefinitely (02/27/2014)
Senate Committee
House CommitteeBusiness, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development
Senate SponsorsL. Tochtrop (D)
House SponsorsR. Fischer (D)
Official Summary

The bill requires property owners who contract for improvements
to real property to:
  • Pay 95% of the amount due, which limits the amount
retained to ensure the quality of work to 5%; and
  • Pay subcontractors the retainage after the work is finally
accepted.
If a person fails to make required payments, the person must pay
interest and is liable for attorney fees. These requirements are enforceable
in court. Contractual provisions that do not comply with the requirements
are unenforceable. A statute of limitations to enforce the bill is set for one
year.

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CategoryDevelopment/Real Estate
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Bill: HB14-1268
Title: Nonprobationary Teacher No Indefinite Unpaid Leave
Position
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Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/29/2014)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
LobbyistsLobbyists
StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (04/07/2014)
Senate Committee
House CommitteeEducation
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
House SponsorsJ. Salazar (D)
Official Summary

Under existing law, if a nonprobationary teacher (teacher) is
removed from a teaching assignment within a school district, the teacher
must secure a mutual consent assignment at another school of the school
district within a certain time or be placed on unpaid leave. The bill
provides that, if the teacher held nonprobationary status as of May 20,
2010, the school district cannot place the teacher on unpaid leave, but
must either assign the teacher to a position that has the same level of
salary and benefits as the teacher would have earned if he or she had not
been removed or dismiss the teacher in compliance with the statutory due
process requirements.
The current law allows the state board of education to waive the
provisions concerning mutual consent assignments and unpaid leave. The
bill prohibits the state board from waiving the new requirements for a
teacher who held nonprobationary status as of May 20, 2010.

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Bill: HB14-1279
Title: Income Tax Credit For Business Personal Property
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/08/2014)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
LobbyistsLobbyists
StatusGovernor Signed (06/05/2014)
Senate CommitteeFinance
House CommitteeBusiness, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development
Senate SponsorsM. Scheffel (R)
R. Heath (D)
House SponsorsD. Primavera (D)
D. Young (D)
Official Summary

For 5 income tax years beginning on January 1, 2014, the bill
creates an income tax credit to reimburse a qualifying taxpayer for
personal property taxes paid in Colorado for which the taxpayer does not
already receive a state or federal income tax benefit. This is accomplished
by allowing a tax credit that is equal to the taxpayer's personal property
taxes paid multiplied by a percentage equal to 100% minus the sum of the
taxpayer's federal marginal income tax rate for the year and 4.63%.
To qualify for a tax credit, a taxpayer must have $25,000 or less
worth of personal property on which property taxes are paid in Colorado
during an income tax year commencing in 2014, or have less than an
inflation-adjusted amount for each income tax year thereafter. The
amount of the credit that exceeds a taxpayer's income taxes is refunded
to the taxpayer.

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Bill: HB14-1343
Title: Firefighter Peace Officer PTSD Work Comp Coverage
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/28/2014)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
LobbyistsLobbyists
StatusGovernor Signed (06/06/2014)
Senate CommitteeLocal Government
House CommitteeLocal Government
Senate SponsorsL. Tochtrop (D)
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
J. Wright (R)
Official Summary

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

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Bill: HB14-1350
Title: Modifications To Regional Tourism Act
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/12/2014)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
LobbyistsLobbyists
StatusGovernor Signed (05/31/2014)
Senate CommitteeFinance
House CommitteeFinance
Senate SponsorsA. Kerr (D)
House SponsorsM. Ferrandino (D)
Official Summary

The Colorado Regional Tourism Act (act) includes a mechanism
for one or more local governments to undertake a regional tourism project
(project), create a regional tourism zone in which the project will be built,
and create a regional tourism authority to use tax increment financing
based on state sales tax revenue to finance eligible improvements related
to the regional tourism project. The bill makes the following
modifications to the act:
  • Changes the definition of state sales tax increment
revenue to include the revenue that is attributable to the
baseline growth rate in the proposed regional tourism zone;
  • Specifies that the baseline growth rate of a proposed
regional tourism zone is the growth that would have
occurred in the zone even if the regional tourism project
did not occur, as determined by the office of state planning
and budgeting and the Colorado office of economic
development;
  • Requires that the local government and third-party analyst
retained in connection with a project application use the
baseline growth rate in their assumptions and economic
analyses for the purpose of calculating the total cumulative
dollar amount and the percentage of the state sales tax
increment revenue that can be dedicated to the proposed
project;
  • Changes the party directly responsible for paying the
third-party analyst that makes assessments in connection
with a proposed project from the project applicant to the
office of state planning and budgeting;
  • Specifies additional duties of the third-party analyst in
connection with a proposed project;
  • Changes the requirement that a significant portion of the
sales tax revenue to be generated by a proposed project be
attributable to transactions with nonresidents of the
regional tourism zone to a requirement that a significant
portion of the revenue be attributable to transactions with
nonresidents of the state;
  • Clarifies that the Colorado economic development
commission (commission) may award a maximum of 2
additional projects and must award such projects within
one year of the effective date of the bill;
  • Specifies that the total cumulative dollar amount and
percentage of sales tax increment revenue that can be
dedicated to a project as determined by the commission
shall not exceed the third-party analyst's calculation of the
total cumulative dollar amount and percentage of sales tax
increment revenue that can be dedicated to such project by
more than 25%; except that the commission may determine
a total cumulative dollar amount and percentage that
exceeds those calculated by the third-party analyst by more
than 25% by a unanimous vote of all of the members of the
commission;
  • Specifies that the total amount of state sales tax increment
revenue dedicated to a project for the duration of the
project is capped at the total cumulative dollar amount
initially approved by the commission;
  • Requires the department of revenue to track the annual and
cumulative state sales tax increment revenue remitted to the
financing entity for the project and to notify the
commission when cumulative payments approach the limits
set by the commission; and
  • Requires the department of revenue to notify the
commission when it is no longer remitting sales tax
increment revenue to the financing entity because the
financing entity has reached its total cumulative dollar
amount of sales tax increment revenue.

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Bill: HB14-1375
Title: Urban Redevelopment Fairness Act
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/25/2014)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
LobbyistsLobbyists
StatusGovernor Vetoed (06/06/2014)
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
House CommitteeFinance
Senate SponsorsL. Tochtrop (D)
S. King (R)
House SponsorsB. DelGrosso (R)
Official Summary

The bill makes the following modifications to the Urban Renewal
Law:
  • If the municipality in which an urban renewal authority
(authority) that has been established is not a city and
county, section 1 of the bill requires at least one such
commissioner of the authority to be appointed by the board
of county commissioners of each county in which an urban
renewal project undertaken by the authority is located.
  • In the case of the special fund established for the collection
of taxes to implement tax increment financing by the
authority, upon the payment of all bond debt, section 2 of
the bill requires all funds remaining in the special fund to
be repaid to each public body pro rata in accordance with
the percentages of taxes paid into the special fund and not
previously rebated to the public body.
  • Section 2 also specifies that the percentage of property tax
increment revenues of any public body that may be
allocated to the authority in connection with tax increment
financing must not exceed the percentage of municipal
sales tax revenues allocated to the authority under the
provisions of the urban renewal plan, as originally
approved and as it may be later modified, except that:
  • The allocation may be modified by means of an
agreement with any such public body;
  • Any exemptions, rebates, or repayments paid or to
be paid to the municipality must be excluded in
determining the percentage of municipal sales tax
increment revenue allocated to the authority; and
  • Any moneys either that the municipality pays to the
authority for the project by the municipality or any
public body in advance of the allocation of moneys
to the authority or that are spent by a private entity
for which the municipality has agreed in writing to
reimburse the entity with sales tax revenue collected
in the area of the urban renewal project must be
included in the determination of the applicable
percentages.

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Bill: HB14-1383
Title: Workers' Compensation Physician Choice
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/12/2014)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
LobbyistsLobbyists
StatusGovernor Signed (06/05/2014)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
House CommitteeBusiness, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development
Senate SponsorsL. Tochtrop (D)
J. Ulibarri (D)
House SponsorsA. Williams (D)
Official Summary

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

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Bill: SB14-017
Title: Limit Use Of Ag Water For Lawn Irrigation
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/12/2014)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
LobbyistsLobbyists
StatusGovernor Signed (04/11/2014)
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
Senate SponsorsM. Hodge (D)
E. Roberts (R)
House SponsorsE. Vigil (D)
D. Coram (R)
Official Summary

The bill prohibits a local government from approving an
application for a development permit unless the local government has
adopted an enforceable resolution or ordinance that limits, as a
prerequisite for approval of the development permit, the amount of
irrigated grass on residential lots in the development to no more than 15%
of the total aggregate area of all residential lots in the development.
Irrigated means supplied with water for lawn grass and does not include
the use of raw water for irrigation. The 15% limit applies only if any part
of the water supply for the development is changed from agricultural
irrigation purposes to municipal or domestic use on or after January 1,
2016.

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CategoryReal Estate Development
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Bill: SB14-196
Title: FAMLI Insurance Program Wage Replacement
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/27/2014)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
LobbyistsLobbyists
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (05/01/2014)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
House Committee
Senate SponsorsJ. Ulibarri (D)
House SponsorsJ. Salazar (D)
Official Summary

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

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Bill: SB14-197
Title: Transportation Enterprise Transparency Act
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/11/2014)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
LobbyistsLobbyists
StatusGovernor Vetoed (06/04/2014)
Senate CommitteeTransportation
House CommitteeTransportation & Energy
Senate SponsorsM. Jones (D)
B. Herpin (R)
House SponsorsM. Foote (D)
T. Kraft-Tharp (D)
Official Summary

The bill modifies the board (board) of the high-performance
transportation enterprise (enterprise) as follows:
  • Newly appointed members of the board are subject to
senate confirmation and are appointed for 4-year terms.
Board members may be reappointed once.
  • The number of board members is increased to 8 by adding
the executive director of the department of transportation
as an ex officio nonvoting member.
To increase public notice of and participation in, and legislative
oversight of, any public-private partnership (PPP) involving the
enterprise, the bill requires the board to:
  • Hold public meetings, in coordination with interested local
governments, at the visioning, initial request for proposal
preparation, and draft request for proposal revision stages
of a PPP;
  • Provide full and timely notice in the area of the PPP to state
legislators, county and municipal governing bodies, and the
general public;
  • Provide specified information to the public and consider
public suggestions and ideas received at the meetings; and
  • After entering into a PPP, provide the terms of the PPP to
the committees of the general assembly that have
jurisdiction over transportation and post the terms of the
PPP on its web site.
Until the general assembly specifically approves any such
provision through the enactment of a joint resolution, the bill prohibits the
enterprise from entering into a PPP that includes any of the following
provisions:
  • A term that exceeds 35 years after completion of the
project to be developed and implemented by the PPP;
  • A noncompete clause that prohibits, or imposes financial
penalties or obligations on the enterprise for, the
development of infrastructure other than infrastructure that
is directly above or below the highway lanes of the project
being developed and implemented by the PPP, that reduces
usage of the project; or
  • A requirement that the transportation enterprise
compensate a private partner for any loss in toll revenues
resulting from responses to types of emergencies, weather
events, or safety events that occur intermittently but
routinely, unless such emergencies occur on an unusually
frequent or severe basis during a specific period as defined
based on reasonable evidence-based forecasts.
The bill requires the enterprise:
  • To provide public notice of any change in the status of a
high-occupancy vehicle lane as a high-occupancy vehicle
lane or the qualifications required to access such a lane for
free use as a high-occupancy vehicle lane;
  • When considering a project that includes one or more
high-occupancy vehicle lanes, high-occupancy toll lanes, or
managed lanes, to evaluate the suitability of express bus
service or bus rapid transit service for the proposed project
corridor and consider funding such service from user fee
revenues as part of the costs of the proposed project. The
enterprise may use user fee revenues generated by a project
within a corridor to support transit within the corridor must
expend a minimum of 10% of any user fee revenues shared
back from a party to the PPP that governs the operation of
the project that generated the user fees to support transit in
the project corridor.
  • To include additional specified information and meet
modified deadlines when annually reporting to the general
assembly regarding its activities.
The bill allows the state auditor to audit the enterprise.

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Bill: SB14-216
Title: State-level Affordable Housing Incentives
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/02/2014)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
LobbyistsLobbyists
StatusSenate Second Reading Lost - No Amendments (05/02/2014)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
House Committee
Senate SponsorsJ. Ulibarri (D)
House Sponsors
Official Summary

The bill requires the director of the division of housing (division)
in the department of local affairs, or the director's designee (director), to
design a proposal for state-level affordable housing incentives
(incentives) to provide insurance premium rebates for developers that
create multi-family, owner-occupied affordable housing.
The director is required to make the proposed incentives available
to all interested parties for their input and comments and to confer with
interested parties to make any necessary modifications to the proposed
incentives. The director is required to present the proposed incentives to
the state housing board for its approval and to implement the incentives
upon such approval.
The bill creates the affordable housing incentive cash fund for the
division to provide insurance premium rebates. The division is authorized
to seek and accept gifts, grants, or donations from private or public
sources to provide the rebates.
The division is required to submit an annual report regarding the
effectiveness of the incentives to the governor and the members of the
general assembly.

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Bill: SB14-219
Title: Owner-occupied Affordable Housing Study
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/04/2014)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
LobbyistsLobbyists
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (05/01/2014)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
House Committee
Senate SponsorsJ. Ulibarri (D)
House SponsorsM. Ferrandino (D)
Official Summary

The bill makes a legislative declaration regarding the shortage of
new owner-occupied affordable housing in Colorado.
The bill requires the division of housing in the department of local
affairs, in consultation with other governmental and private-sector
entities, to study and assemble data on the effects of certain factors on
new owner-occupied affordable housing in Colorado. The bill requires
the division to report to the general assembly on or before March 15,
2015.

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Bill: SB14-220
Title: Common Int Community Arbitrate Const Defect Litig
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/02/2014)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
LobbyistsLobbyists
StatusSenate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (05/07/2014)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
House Committee
Senate SponsorsJ. Ulibarri (D)
M. Scheffel (R)
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
B. DelGrosso (R)
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill states that when the declaration, bylaws, or
rules of a common interest community require mediation or arbitration of
construction defect claims and the requirement is later removed,
mediation or arbitration is still required for a construction defect claim
based on an alleged act or omission that occurred when the mediation or
arbitration requirement was in place. Section 1 also specifies that the
arbitration must take place in the judicial district in which the community
is located and that the arbitrator must:
  • Be a neutral third party;
  • Make certain disclosures before being selected; and
  • Be selected as specified in the community's governing
documents if possible or, if that is not possible, in
accordance with the uniform arbitration act.
Section 3 adds to the disclosures required prior to the purchase and
sale of property in a common interest community a notice that the
community's governing documents may require binding arbitration of
certain disputes.
Section 2 requires that before a construction defect lawsuit is filed
on behalf of the association, the executive board of the association must
give advance notice to all unit owners, together with a disclosure of the
projected costs, duration, and financial impact of the litigation, and must
obtain the written consent of a majority of the unit owners.

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