Colorado Capitol Watch
border Logo hdr_right_bottom

Bill Tracker

based on: Profile: GreenCO

 
 
Loading... Please Wait
You have 30 bills in your selected Profile
download download to spreadsheet
download download to doc

Notes about this profile:


Bill: HB18-1001
Title: FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/30/2018)
Category

Business Practices: Hunter White, Steve Steele, Cindy McCord, Troy Tinberg

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

The bill creates the family and medical leave insurance (FAMLI)
program in the division of family and medical leave insurance (division)
in the department of labor and employment to provide partial
wage-replacement benefits to an eligible individual who takes leave from
work to care for a new child or a family member with a serious health
condition or who is unable to work due to the individual's own serious

health condition.
Each employee in the state will pay a premium determined by the
director of the division by rule, which premium is based on a percentage
of the employee's yearly wages and must not initially exceed .99%. 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 director may also impose a solvency surcharge by rule
if determined necessary to ensure the soundness of the fund. The division
is established as an enterprise, and premiums paid into the fund are not
considered state revenues for purposes of the taxpayer's bill of rights
(TABOR).

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsF. Winter (D)
M. Gray (D)
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs & Labor
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
R. Fields (D)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/23/2018)

Bill: HB18-1022
Title: DOR Department Of Revenue Issue Sales Tax Request For Information
StatusGovernor Signed (03/01/2018)
Category

Business Practices: Hunter White, Steve Steele, Cindy McCord, Troy Tinberg

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

Sales and Use Tax Simplification Task Force. The bill requires
the department of revenue to issue a request for information for an
electronic sales and use tax simplification system that the state or any
local government that levies a sales or use tax, including a home rule
municipality and county, could choose to use that would provide

administrative simplification to the state and local sales and use tax
system.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
L. Sias (R)
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs & Labor
Senate SponsorsC. Jahn (D)
T. Neville (R)
Senate CommitteeFinance
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/13/2018)

Bill: HB18-1033
Title: Employee Leave To Participate In Elections
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/28/2018)
Category

Business Practices: Hunter White, Steve Steele, Cindy McCord, Troy Tinberg

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

Currently, an employee may take leave for a period of time to vote
in an election on the day of the election. The bill allows an employee to
take leave to vote, register to vote, obtain a ballot or replacement ballot,
or obtain documents or identification necessary to vote or register. For a
general, primary, or coordinated election, the bill allows an employee to
take the leave on any day that polling locations are open. For all other

elections, the bill allows the employee to take the leave on any day during
the 8 days prior to and including the day of the election. An employer
may deny a request for leave if the employee has 3 consecutive hours in
which he or she is not scheduled to work during the hours the employee
is entitled to take the leave.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsM. Weissman (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/07/2018)

Bill: HB18-1034
Title: Career And Technical Education Capital Grant Program
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (05/07/2018)
Category

Business Practices: Hunter White, Steve Steele, Cindy McCord, Troy Tinberg

/ Education: Dan Defibaugh

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

The bill creates the career and technical education capital grant
program (program) in the department of labor and employment. The state
work force development council (state council) will award grants through
the program to area technical colleges, school districts, and community
colleges to use for equipment, or construction and maintenance of
buildings, related to career and technical education. In awarding grants,

the state council will prioritize applicants from rural areas of the state and
consider each applicant's demonstrated need. For each year in which it
awards grants, the state council must publish a report that identifies the
grant recipients and how the grant money was used.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsP. Covarrubias (R)
H. McKean (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
Senate Committee
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/12/2018)

Bill: HB18-1053
Title: Reclaimed Water Use For Marijuana Cultivation
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (05/02/2018)
Category

Water: Amy Schneider (CNGA members) & RMSG

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

Water Resources Review Committee. The bill codifies rules
promulgated by the water quality control commission (commission) of the
Colorado department of public health and environment concerning

allowable uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater, which is wastewater
that has been treated for subsequent reuses other than drinking water.
Section 3 of the bill defines 3 categories of water quality standards for
reclaimed domestic wastewater, sets forth the allowable uses for each
water quality standard category, and adds marijuana cultivation as an
allowable use for reclaimed domestic wastewater. Section 3 also
authorizes the commission to establish new categories of water quality
standards and to recategorize any use of reclaimed domestic wastewater
to a less stringent category of water quality standard. Section 3 also
authorizes the division of administration in the department of public
health and environment to grant variances for uses of reclaimed domestic
wastewater. Sections 1, 2, and 4 make conforming amendments.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
C. Hansen (D)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
Senate CommitteeFinance
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/11/2018)

Bill: HB18-1069
Title: Reclaimed Water Use For Toilet Flushing
StatusGovernor Signed (04/30/2018)
Category

Water: Amy Schneider (CNGA members) & RMSG

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

The bill codifies rules promulgated by the water quality control
commission (commission) of the Colorado department of public health
and environment concerning allowable uses of reclaimed domestic

wastewater, which is wastewater that has been treated for subsequent
reuses other than drinking water.
Section 3 of the bill defines 3 categories of water quality standards
for reclaimed domestic wastewater, sets forth the allowable uses for each
water quality standard category, and adds toilet and urinal flushing in
multifamily residential and nonresidential structures as allowable uses for
reclaimed domestic wastewater. Section 3 also authorizes the commission
to establish new categories of water quality standards and to recategorize
any use of reclaimed domestic wastewater to a less stringent category of
water quality standard. Section 3 also authorizes the division of
administration in the department of public health and environment to
grant variances for uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater.
Sections 1, 2, and 4 make conforming amendments.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsD. Thurlow (R)
J. Arndt (D)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/11/2018)

Bill: HB18-1093
Title: Reclaimed Water Use For Edible Crops
StatusGovernor Became Law (04/28/2018)
Category

Water: Amy Schneider (CNGA members) & RMSG

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

The bill codifies rules promulgated by the water quality control
commission (commission) of the Colorado department of public health
and environment concerning allowable uses of reclaimed domestic

wastewater, which is wastewater that has been treated for subsequent
reuses other than drinking water.
Section 3 of the bill defines 3 categories of water quality standards
for reclaimed domestic wastewater, sets forth the allowable uses for each
water quality standard category, and adds food crop irrigation as an
allowable use for reclaimed domestic wastewater. Section 3 also
authorizes the commission to establish new categories of water quality
standards and to recategorize any use of reclaimed domestic wastewater
to a less stringent category of water quality standard. Section 3 also
authorizes the division of administration in the department of public
health and environment to grant variances for uses of reclaimed domestic
wastewater.
Sections 1, 2, and 4 make conforming amendments.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/11/2018)

Bill: HB18-1113
Title: Small Business Regulatory Reform
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/14/2018)
Category

Business Practices: Hunter White, Steve Steele, Cindy McCord, Troy Tinberg

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

The bill enacts the Regulatory Reform Act of 2018. Section 2 of
the bill makes legislative declarations about the importance of businesses
with 100 or fewer employees to the Colorado economy and the difficulty

these types of businesses have in complying with new administrative rules
that are not known or understood by these businesses.
Section 3 defines new rule as any regulatory requirement in
existence for less than one year prior to its enforcement by a state agency,
and minor violation as any violation of a new rule by a business with
100 or fewer employees where the violation is minor in nature, involving
record-keeping or other issues that do not affect the safety of the public.
Section 3 provides exceptions from the definition of minor violation for
certain types of rules.
For the first minor violation of a new rule by a business of 100 or
fewer employees, section 4 requires a state agency to issue a written
warning and engage the business in educational outreach as to the
methods of complying with the new rule. Section 3 requires state agencies
to make information on new rules available and allows this information
to be made available in electronic form.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsP. Neville (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate SponsorsT. Neville (R)
V. Marble (R)
Senate Committee
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/19/2018)

Bill: HB18-1119
Title: Highway Building & Maintenance Funding
StatusHouse Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (02/21/2018)
Category

Business Practices: Hunter White, Steve Steele, Cindy McCord, Troy Tinberg

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

Section 9 of the bill requires the transportation commission
(commission) to submit a ballot question to the voters of the state at the
November 2018 statewide election which, if approved:
  • Will require the executive director of the department of
transportation (CDOT) to issue transportation revenue
anticipation notes (TRANs) in a maximum principal
amount of $3.5 billion and with a maximum repayment cost
of $5 billion; and
  • Will, in conjunction with sections 3, 4, and 7, repeal
current law, enacted by Senate Bill 17-267, that requires
the state treasurer to execute lease-purchase agreements of
up to $1.88 billion for the purpose of funding high-priority
qualified federal aid transportation projects.
The executive director must issue at least one-third of the TRANs
within one year of the date of the official declaration of the vote on the
ballot issue by the governor, issue at least two-thirds of the TRANs
within 2 years of that date, and issue all of the TRANs within 3 years of
that date. The additional TRANs must have a maximum repayment term
of 20 years, and the certificate, trust indenture, or other instrument
authorizing their issuance must provide that the state may pay them in full
before the end of the specified payment term without penalty. TRANs
must otherwise generally be issued subject to the same requirements as
the TRANs issued in 1999; except that the commission must pledge to
annually allocate from legally available money under its control any
money needed for payment of TRANs until the TRANs are fully repaid.
Section 10 requires TRANs net proceeds not otherwise pledged
for TRANs payments to be credited to the state highway fund and
expended by CDOT only for qualified federal aid highway projects as
described in section 6. CDOT may expend no more than 10% of the net
proceeds for the administration and engineering of the projects being
funded with the net proceeds.
On and after July 1, 2018, section 5 requires 7.5% of state sales
and use tax net revenue to be credited to the state highway fund and used
first to make TRANs payments. Section 6 requires state sales and use tax
net revenue credited to the state highway fund that is not expended to
make TRANs payments to be expended only for maintenance of qualified
federal aid highways and requires TRANs net proceeds credited to the
state highway fund to be expended only for qualified federal aid highway
projects included in the strategic transportation project investment
program of CDOT and designated for tier 1 funding as 10-year
development program projects on CDOT's development program project
list.
If the voters of the state approve the issuance of TRANs, CDOT
is required to ensure that construction of one-third of the projects
commences within one year of the date of the official declaration of the
vote on the ballot issue by the governor, to ensure that construction of
two-thirds of the projects commences within 2 years of that date, and
ensure that construction of all of the projects commences within 3 years
of that date. Section 7 requires CDOT to include specified information
about the state sales and use tax net revenue and TRANs net proceeds in
its annual report to the senate transportation committee and the house
transportation and energy committee.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsT. Leonard (R)
House CommitteeTransportation & Energy
Senate SponsorsT. Neville (R)
Senate Committee
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/30/2018)

Bill: HB18-1190
Title: Modify Job Creation Main Street Revitalization Act
StatusGovernor Signed (05/30/2018)
Category

Business Practices

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

The bill makes the following modifications to the existing
Colorado Job Creation and Main Street Revitalization Act:
  • Adds a definition of a key term and streamlines and
clarifies existing definitions;
  • Adds subheadings to subsections to promote greater clarity;
  • Extends the last income tax year for which the tax credit is

available from 2019 to 2029;
  • Separates subsections dealing solely with residential
structures from subsections dealing solely with commercial
structures to promote greater clarity;
  • Under the existing tax credit, the amount of the tax credit,
measured by a percentage of the actual qualified
rehabilitation expenditures, is increased when the historic
structure, whether commercial or residential, is located in
a disaster area. The bill also increases the amount of the tax
credit when the structure is located in a rural community.
The bill prohibits a taxpayer from claiming the benefits
offered for a structure in a disaster area or in a rural
community.
  • Authorizes the state historical society to promulgate rules
as necessary to facilitate the certification of qualified
residential structures;
  • In connection with the reservation of tax credits for
qualified commercial structures, changes the existing
requirements under which the Colorado office of economic
opportunity (office) uses a lottery process to determine the
order in which it will review applications and plans
received on the same day to a process under which the
office must date and timestamp each application and
review a plan and application on the basis of the order in
which such documents were submitted;
  • Streamlines procedures the owner of a qualified
commercial structure is to follow upon the completion of
rehabilitation of the structure to obtain a tax credit
certificate;
  • For income tax years commencing on or after January 1,
2020 but prior to January 1, 2030, maintains the aggregate
limit on the amount of a tax credit certificate issued for any
one qualified commercial structure at $1 million as for the
2016 through 2019 tax years;
  • For qualified commercial structures, regardless of the
amount of estimated qualified rehabilitation expenditures,
the bill maintains the aggregate amount of all tax credits
that may be reserved for each of the 2020 through 2029
calendar years in the same amount as for the 2017 through
2019 tax years, at $10 million, but specifies that the
aggregate reservation amount must be equally split between
large and small projects;
  • Deletes existing provisions specifying the aggregate
amount of tax credits that may be issued for particular
income tax years;
  • Deletes a reporting requirement that is part of existing law;
and
  • Clarifies that certain requirements found in existing law are
intended to apply only to tax credits issued for qualified
commercial structures.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
H. McKean (R)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate SponsorsL. Garcia (D)
J. Tate (R)
Senate CommitteeFinance
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/11/2018)

Bill: HB18-1217
Title: Income Tax Credit For Employer 529 Contributions
StatusGovernor Signed (05/29/2018)
Category

Business Practices

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

The bill creates a temporary income tax credit for employers that
make contributions to 529 qualified state tuition program accounts owned

by their employees.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsA. Garnett (D)
K. Van Winkle (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate SponsorsR. Gardner (R)
Senate CommitteeFinance
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/13/2018)

Bill: HB18-1230
Title: Creation Of Work Status For Immigrants
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/07/2018)
Category

Business Practices 

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

The bill creates in the department of labor and employment a
purple card program that would allow certain persons who came to the
United States without legal documentation to apply for a purple card

allowing them to work legally in Colorado.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsD. Pabon (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate SponsorsI. Aguilar (D)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/11/2018)

Bill: HB18-1246
Title: Modernization Of The Nursery Act
StatusGovernor Signed (04/09/2018)
Category

Business Practices

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

The bill updates the Colorado Nursery Act, last amended in
2009, to protect nursery stock by:
  • Updating definitions, including amending the definition of

nursery stock and adding a definition of noxious weed
(section 2 of the bill);
  • Removing an exemption from inspections for nurseries that
only sell nursery stock grown in Colorado and not exported
outside of Colorado (section 3);
  • Authorizing the commissioner of agriculture to promulgate
rules to add additional information to the nursery stock
labeling requirements (section 4);
  • Prohibiting a person from selling, offering for sale, or
distributing noxious weeds or nursery stock that is infested
with noxious weeds (section 5); and
  • Raising the $100 cap on the nursery stock business
registration fee to a $300 cap (section 6).

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/11/2018)

Bill: HB18-1261
Title: Colorado Arbitration Fairness Act
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/18/2018)
Category

Business Practices

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

The bill applies to certain consumer and employment arbitrations
and:
  • Establishes ethical standards for arbitrators;
  • Specifies that any party may challenge in court the
impartiality of an arbitrator or arbitration services provider;
  • Requires specified disclosures by arbitrators and arbitration
services providers; and
  • Authorizes injunctive relief against an arbitrator or

arbitration services provider who engages in certain
specified acts.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsM. Weissman (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate SponsorsD. Kagan (D)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/22/2018)

Bill: HB18-1262
Title: Arbitration Services Provider Transparency Act
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/18/2018)
Category

Business Practices

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

The bill requires arbitration services providers that administer
consumer or employment arbitrations to collect, publish, and make
available specified information on those arbitrations administered in the
previous 5 years. The bill amends a provision of the uniform arbitration
act to make the bill effective.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsD. Jackson (D)
D. Roberts (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate SponsorsD. Kagan (D)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/23/2018)

Bill: HB18-1278
Title: Apprentice Utilization In Public Projects
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/16/2018)
Category

Business Practices

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

The bill requires the contractor for any public project that does not
receive any federal money to use apprentices registered with an

apprenticeship program for at least 25% of the workforce in an
apprenticeable occupation that is hired to work on the public project
(apprenticeship requirements). The apprenticeship program must be
registered with the United States department of labor, office of
apprenticeship. For purposes of the bill, a public project is a project under
the supervision of any state agency, including the department of
transportation, that is likely to cost $500,000 or more in any fiscal year.
A government agency may consider a bid or proposal for a public
project that does not receive any federal money only if the bid or proposal
indicates that at least 25% of the project workforce that is in an
apprenticeable occupation and that is hired by the contractor to work on
the public project will be apprentices registered with an apprenticeship
program.
Upon completion of a public project, the contractor is required to
submit an affidavit to the government agency stating that the contractor
has either complied with the apprenticeship requirements or has made a
good faith effort to comply. If the contractor complied with the
apprenticeship requirements, the affidavit must include the names of the
registered apprentices, identify the specific apprenticeship programs with
which the apprentices are registered, and specify the total number of
people in the workforce for the public project who are in apprenticeable
occupations. If the contractor did not comply with the apprenticeship
requirements, the affidavit must include documentation of the contractor's
good faith effort to comply. If the contractor fails to submit the affidavit
or if the state agency finds that the affidavit does not reflect the
contractor's compliance or good faith effort to comply with the
apprenticeship requirements, the agency may retain any unallocated
portion of the amount of the contract price that the agency is authorized
to withhold until the contract is completed as liquidated damages.
The bill specifies that the apprenticeship requirements do not
supersede existing statutory requirements for licensed apprenticeable
occupations.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsA. Benavidez (D)
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs & Labor
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/23/2018)

Bill: HB18-1308
Title: Workers' Compensation Out-of-state Workers Temporarily In Colorado
StatusGovernor Signed (04/30/2018)
Category
Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

The bill establishes an exemption from the Workers'
Compensation Act of Colorado for an out-of-state employer whose
employees are working in Colorado on a temporary basis as long as:
  • The employer furnishes coverage under the workers'
compensation laws of the state in which the employee is

regularly employed, which coverage applies to the
employee while working temporarily in Colorado; and
  • The employer's home state is contiguous to Colorado,
recognizes the exemption, and provides a reciprocal
exemption for Colorado employees temporarily working in
that state.
The home state's workers' compensation laws are the sole remedy
for an out-of-state worker who is injured while working temporarily in
Colorado.
The division of workers' compensation in the department of labor
and employment is authorized to enter into an agreement with a
contiguous state to carry out the extraterritorial application of the workers'
compensation or similar law of the other state.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsJ. Becker (R)
T. Kraft-Tharp (D)
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs & Labor
Senate SponsorsO. Hill (R)
D. Kagan (D)
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/07/2018)

Bill: HB18-1347
Title: Biennial Registration Motor Vehicles Department Revenue
StatusHouse Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (04/25/2018)
Category
Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

Current law authorizes the department of revenue (department) to
register motor vehicles biennially. The bill requires the department to
promulgate rules offering motor vehicle owners the option to register
motor vehicles biennially.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsS. Sandridge (R)
House CommitteeTransportation & Energy
Senate Sponsors
Senate Committee
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/22/2018)

Bill: HB18-1383
Title: Bonding Requirements For Public Projects Using Private Financing
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (05/02/2018)
Category
Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

Pursuant to current law, when a person, company, firm,
corporation, or contractor (contractor) enters into a contract with certain
governmental entities or governmental bodies to perform work in
connection with certain projects, the contractor is required to execute
performance bonds and payment bonds.

The bill specifies that these bonding requirements apply to all
construction contracts situated or located on public real property using
public or private money, public or private financing, or public real
property.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsF. Winter (D)
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs & Labor
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
Senate CommitteeFinance
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/30/2018)

Bill: SB18-001
Title: Transportation Infrastructure Funding
StatusGovernor Signed (05/31/2018)
Category

Business Practices: Hunter White, Steve Steele, Cindy McCord, Troy Tinberg

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

In 1999, the voters of the state authorized the executive director of
the department of transportation (executive director) to issue
transportation revenue anticipation notes (TRANs) in a maximum
principal amount of $1.7 billion and with a maximum repayment cost of
$2.3 billion in order to provide financing to accelerate the construction of
qualified federal aid transportation projects. The executive director issued
the TRANs as authorized, and the TRANs have been fully repaid.
Section 8 of the bill requires the transportation commission
(commission) to submit a ballot question to the voters of the state at the
November 2018 statewide election, which, if approved:
  • Would authorize the executive director to issue additional
TRANs in a maximum principal amount of $3.5 billion and
with a maximum repayment cost of $5 billion; and
  • Would, in conjunction with sections 3, 4, and 7, repeal
current law, enacted by Senate Bill 17-267, that requires
the state treasurer to execute lease-purchase agreements of
up to $1.88 billion for the purpose of funding high-priority
qualified federal aid transportation projects.
The additional TRANs must have a maximum repayment term of
20 years, and the certificate, trust indenture, or other instrument
authorizing their issuance must provide that the state may pay them in full
before the end of the specified payment term without penalty. Additional
TRANs must otherwise generally be issued subject to the same
requirements and for the same purposes as the original TRANs; except
that the commission must pledge to annually allocate from legally
available money under its control any money needed for payment of the
notes until the notes are fully repaid. Section 9 requires TRANs proceeds
not otherwise pledged for TRANs payments to be credited to the state
highway fund.
On and after July 1, 2018, section 5 requires 10% of state sales
and use tax net revenue to be credited to the state highway fund and used
first to make TRANs payments. Section 6 specifies that state sales and
use tax net revenue credited to the state highway fund that is not
expended to make TRANs payments and TRANs net proceeds credited
to the state highway fund must be used only for qualified federal aid
transportation projects that are included in the strategic transportation
project investment program of the department of transportation (CDOT)
and designated for tier 1 funding as 10-year development program
projects on CDOT's development program project list. At least 25% of the
TRANs net proceeds must be used for projects in counties with
populations of 50,000 or less and at least 10% of the TRANs net proceeds
must be used for transit purposes or transit-related capital improvements.
Section 7 requires CDOT to include specified information about the state
sales and use tax net revenue and TRANs net proceeds in its annual report
to the senate transportation committee and the house transportation and
energy committee.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsP. Buck (R)
T. Carver (R)
F. Winter (D)
House CommitteeTransportation & Energy
Senate SponsorsR. Baumgardner (R)
J. Cooke (R)
Senate CommitteeTransportation
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/28/2018)

Bill: SB18-002
Title: Financing Rural Broadband Deployment
StatusGovernor Signed (04/02/2018)
Category

Business Practices

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill amends the definition of broadband network
to increase the speed of downstream broadband internet service from at
least 4 megabits per second to at least 10 megabits per second and the
definition of unserved area to refer to areas that are unincorporated, or
within a city with a population of fewer than 7,500 inhabitants, and that
are not receiving federal broadband support.
Section 2 requires the public utilities commission, on January 1,
2019, to allocate 20% of the total amount of high cost support mechanism

(HCSM) money that nonrural incumbent local exchange carriers would
otherwise receive to the HCSM account dedicated to broadband
deployment, and to allocate an additional 20% of the total money that
nonrural incumbent local exchange carriers would otherwise receive on
January 1 of each subsequent year until, on January 1, 2023, all of the
money that nonrural incumbent local exchange carriers would otherwise
receive is allocated to the HCSM account dedicated to broadband
deployment. Section 2 also removes a requirement that the commission
reduce the amount of the HCSM surcharge by a certain percentage of the
money transferred from the HCSM to the broadband fund for the
deployment of broadband into rural areas. Section 2 requires that the
HCSM surcharge amount that existed on January 1, 2019, be maintained
as the surcharge amount; except that, on and after July 1, 2023, the
commission may reduce the rate to ensure that the amount of money
collected by the surcharge does not exceed $25 million per year. Finally,
for the period of January 1, 2019, through January 1, 2023, section 2
maintains the amount of support received by rural telecommunications
providers for basic service at the level of support they received on
January 1, 2016.
Section 3 updates language regarding the use of money from the
HCSM for broadband deployment grant applications approved by the
broadband deployment board (board) to have money transferred directly
from the HCSM to approved broadband deployment grant applicants.
Section 3 also allows a grant applicant to apply for grants for multiple
projects in a single year; however, the broadband deployment board may
only award an applicant grants for more than one project if money is
available for broadband deployment grants after the first round of
broadband deployment grants have been awarded and disbursed in that
year. Section 3 also prohibits the department of local affairs from
implementing a broadband deployment program or approving a grant
application concerning broadband deployment unless the board has
determined that the program or application does not involve the same or
a duplicate of any projects approved and funded.
Section 4 repeals the public utilities commission's functions of
administering the high cost support mechanism on September 1, 2024,
subject to the department of regulatory agencies' review of the functions
through its sunset review process.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsC. Duran (D)
K. Becker (D)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate SponsorsJ. Sonnenberg (R)
D. Coram (R)
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/24/2018)

Bill: SB18-019
Title: Expanded Duration For Colorado Water Resources And Power Development Authority Revolving Loans
StatusGovernor Signed (03/01/2018)
Category

Water

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

Water Resources Review Committee. Pursuant to the federal
clean water act and the federal Safe Water Drinking Act, the Colorado
water resources and power development authority (authority) makes loans

under its water pollution control revolving fund and its drinking water
revolving fund. Under state law, the duration of any water pollution
control loan made by the authority must not exceed 20 years after project
completion; however, the federal clean water act now allows for loans up
to the lesser of 30 years or the projected useful life of the project, as
determined by the state. The bill removes the 20-year limitation on water
pollution control loans and authorizes the authority to make loans in
compliance with the clean water act and the Safe Water Drinking Act.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
C. Hansen (D)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
K. Donovan (D)
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/08/2018)

Bill: SB18-038
Title: Reclaimed Water Use On Industrial Hemp
StatusGovernor Signed (06/06/2018)
Category

Water

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

Water Resources Review Committee. The bill codifies rules
promulgated by the water quality control commission (commission) of the
Colorado department of public health and environment concerning

allowable uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater, which is wastewater
that has been treated for subsequent reuses other than drinking water.
Section 3 of the bill defines 3 categories of water quality standards for
reclaimed domestic wastewater, sets forth the allowable uses for each
water quality standard category, and adds industrial hemp cultivation as
an allowable use for reclaimed domestic wastewater. Section 3 also
authorizes the commission to establish new categories of water quality
standards and to recategorize any use of reclaimed domestic wastewater
to a less stringent category of water quality standard. Section 3 also
authorizes the division of administration in the department of public
health and environment to grant variances for uses of reclaimed domestic
wastewater. Sections 1, 2, and 4 make conforming amendments.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
Y. Willett (R)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
K. Donovan (D)
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/11/2018)

Bill: SB18-041
Title: Authorize Water Use Incidental Sand And Gravel Mines
StatusGovernor Signed (03/01/2018)
Category

Water

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

Water Resources Review Committee. Current law requires
operators of sand and gravel open mines that expose groundwater to the
atmosphere to obtain a well permit and either: A replacement plan
approved by the ground water commission for designated groundwater;
or a plan for augmentation approved by the water court or a plan of

substitute supply approved by the state engineer for tributary
groundwater. The bill specifies that the replacement plan (in section 1 of
the bill) or the plan of substitute supply (in section 2) and the permit may
authorize uses of water incidental to open mining for sand and gravel,
including specifically (among other things) the mitigation of impacts from
mining and dewatering.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
L. Saine (R)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate SponsorsR. Baumgardner (R)
D. Coram (R)
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/28/2018)

Bill: SB18-062
Title: Snow Removal Service Liability Limitation
StatusGovernor Signed (05/30/2018)
Category

Business Practices

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

The bill enacts the Snow Removal Service Liability Limitation
Act, which makes void provisions of snow removal agreements that
require one party to indemnify the other party for damages, hold the other
party harmless for damages, and provide for the defense of the other party
in a liability lawsuit.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/20/2018)

Bill: SB18-128
Title: Legislative Approval For State Agency Fee Increase
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/14/2018)
Category

Business Practices

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

Beginning September 1, 2018, the bill requires all state agency fee
increases to start on July 1 of a given year, with the exception of an
emergency fee increase. A state agency shall not increase a fee unless:
  • On or before the February 1 prior to the starting date of the
increase, the state agency submits a fee increase proposal,
which includes specified information, to the joint budget

committee;
  • A majority of the members on the joint budget committee
approve the fee increase as it is described in the fee
increase proposal and without alteration; and
  • A grant of authority to the state agency for the fee increase
is included in authorizing legislation, which is enacted and
becomes law.
A state agency may adopt an emergency fee increase that does not
meet these conditions, but on or before the next February 1 the state
agency is required to submit a fee increase proposal for the emergency
fee. If this fee increase proposal is approved by the joint budget
committee and included in authorizing legislation, then the state agency
may continue to impose the increased fee.
If a grant of authority for the associated emergency fee increase is
not included in the next possible authorizing legislation, then the state
agency is required to lower the fee to the amount it was prior to the
increase and refund the increased amount of the fee to the fee payer. If a
refund is impossible, then the state agency is required to immediately
reduce the fee from its original amount by an amount equal to the
emergency fee increase and keep it at that level until the amount of the
lost revenue offsets the additional revenue from the increased fee.
Thereafter, the fee may return to its original amount.
If a state agency adopts a fee increase after April 1, 2018, but prior
to September 1, 2018, the fee increase is treated like an emergency fee for
which the state agency is required to submit a fee increase proposal.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsL. Liston (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate SponsorsR. Gardner (R)
Senate CommitteeFinance
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/20/2018)

Bill: SB18-167
Title: Enforce Requirements 811 Locate Underground Facilities
StatusGovernor Signed (05/25/2018)
Category

Business Practices

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

Current law requires a person, before conducting an excavation,
to contact a nonprofit notification association (comprised of all owners
and operators of underground facilities) by dialing 811 to learn the
location of underground facilities in the excavation project area. The
owners and operators must then accurately mark the location of their
facilities. Violations of the excavation damage prevention law are

enforced exclusively through civil actions initiated by damaged parties to
collect specified civil penalties and damages. In 2016, the United States
department of transportation's pipeline and hazardous materials safety
administration (PHMSA) conducted an adequacy evaluation of
Colorado's enforcement of its excavation damage prevention law and
determined that the enforcement is inadequate, which may eventually
result in the withholding of federal funds from Colorado.
The bill creates the underground damage prevention safety
commission (commission) as an independent agency within the
department of labor and employment. The commission has rule-making
and enforcement authority regarding the excavation damage prevention
law and is required to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the
notification association to facilitate implementation and administration of
the law. The notification association is required to provide administrative
support to the commission in performing its duties.
A review committee of the commission initially determines
whether a violation of the law has occurred and, if appropriate,
recommends remedial action, potentially including a fine. Fines range
from $250 for a single minor violation within the previous 12 months to
$75,000 for a fourth major violation within the previous 12 months. The
full commission is bound by the review committee's determination of
facts but determines the final agency action regarding alleged violations.
Fines are credited to the damage prevention fund, which the commission
will use to develop educational programming, including by making
grants, that is designed to improve worker and public safety relating to
excavation and underground facilities.
Current law allows only an excavator to submit a location request
to the notification association. The bill authorizes a licensed professional
engineer designing excavation to submit a location request. The engineer
is required to ensure that the engineering plans meet certain standards
established by the American Society of Civil Engineers for defining the
accuracy of an underground facility location. The notification association
will collect a fee for each location request, which is deposited in the
safety commission fund and used to pay the commission's expenses.
Current law creates 2 tiers of membership in the notification
association. Tier 2 members are limited members with limited benefits
and include certain special districts, local governments, cable television
providers, and small telecommunications providers; tier 1 members are
full members with full benefits, and tier 1 consists of all other owners and
operators. If, after receiving a location request, the notification
association determines that a tier 1 member owns or operates the
underground facilities, the notification association contacts the tier 1
member to arrange for the marking of the underground facilities. If a tier
2 member owns or operates the underground facilities, the excavator must
contact the tier 2 member to arrange for the marking of the underground
facilities. Effective January 1, 2021, all underground facility owners and
operators are full members of the notification association with full
benefits, and excavators will no longer need to contact the owners or
operators to arrange for the marking.
All new underground facilities installed on or after January 1,
2020, must be electronically locatable when installed. Home rule local
governments are not subject to the commission's enforcement authority,
but the governing body of a home rule local government is required to
either adopt a similar enforceable damage prevention safety program or
waive its exemption and delegate its damage prevention enforcement
authority to the commission.
Information regarding the location of underground facilities is
exempt from the Colorado Open Records Act, pursuant to the existing
exemption for specialized details of critical infrastructure.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsF. Winter (D)
L. Saine (R)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate SponsorsR. Scott (R)
K. Donovan (D)
Senate CommitteeTransportation
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/20/2018)

Bill: SB18-171
Title: Marketplace Contractor Workers' Compensation Unemployment
StatusHouse Second Reading Laid Over to 05/10/2018 - No Amendments (05/02/2018)
Category
Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

The bill establishes a test for determining whether a marketplace
contractor is considered an employee under the Workers'
Compensation Act of Colorado and whether services provided by a

marketplace contractor are considered employment under the Colorado
Employment Security Act.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsD. Pabon (D)
L. Sias (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate SponsorsC. Holbert (R)
A. Williams (D)
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/18/2018)

Bill: SB18-193
Title: Limit State Agency Occupational Regulations
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/02/2018)
Category

Business Practices

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

The bill prohibits state agencies from imposing a personal
qualification requirement in order to engage in a profession or occupation
unless the agency can show that the requirement is demonstrably
necessary and narrowly tailored to address a specific, legitimate public
health, safety, or welfare objective. On or before July 1, 2019, every
agency is required to review occupational regulations and determine

whether the regulation should be repealed or amended. Any person may
file a petition with an agency requesting that an occupational regulation
be repealed or amended. Regardless of whether a petition is filed with an
agency, any person may file a civil suit requesting the court enjoin an
occupational regulation.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsT. Carver (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/23/2018)

Bill: SB18-SJR003
Title: Water Projects Eligibility Lists
StatusGovernor Signed (02/13/2018)
Category

Water

Bill Position
Priority Bill
Reason for Position
Background
Official Summary

CONCERNING APPROVAL OF WATER PROJECT REVOLVING FUND
ELIGIBILITY LISTS ADMINISTERED BY THE COLORADO WATER
RESOURCES AND POWER DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.

Plan of Action
Hearing Date
House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
House Committee
Senate SponsorsR. Baumgardner (R)
Senate Committee
Fiscal Notes 
back to top
 
border   border
 
Copyright © 2019 State Capitol Watch