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Bill: HB19-1035
Title: Remove Fee Cap Electrical Inspection Local Government Higher Education
Position
House SponsorsD. Roberts (D)
J. Rich (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
R. Woodward (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (04/10/2019)
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate CommitteeLocal Government
Official Summary

Current law prohibits local governments and state institutions of
higher education from charging more than 15% more than the state
charges to perform an inspection of electrical work. The bill deletes this
cap.

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Bill: HB19-1037
Title: Colorado Energy Impact Assistance Act
Position
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
C. Hansen (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
StatusSenate Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (04/25/2019)
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate CommitteeAgriculture and Natural Resources
Official Summary

The bill, known as the Colorado Energy Impact Assistance Act,

authorizes any electric utility (utility) to apply to the public utilities
commission (PUC) for a financing order that will authorize the utility to
issue low-cost Colorado energy impact assistance bonds (bonds) to lower
the cost to electric utility customers (ratepayers) when the retirement of
a power plant occurs. A portion of bond proceeds will provide transition
assistance for Colorado workers and communities directly affected by the
retirement of the facilities (transition assistance). To repay the bonds at
the lowest cost to ratepayers, the PUC is authorized to review and
approve a financing order and authorize a special energy impact
assistance charge that is separate and apart from the utility's base rates on
all ratepayer bills. The establishment and ongoing adjustment of the
separate charge will allow bonds to achieve the highest possible credit
rating, at least AA/Aa2, from the national independent credit rating
agencies and will therefore allow bonds to be issued at the lowest
possible interest rate and lowest subsequent cost to ratepayers.
Before issuing a financing order, the PUC must hold a public
hearing, receive testimony from affected groups, and make specified
determinations concerning the necessity, prudence, justness,
reasonableness, and quantifiable benefits to utility ratepayers of issuing
the financing order. After the public hearing process, if a financing order
is approved by the PUC, it must include specific information and
instructions for the utility to which it applies relating to the amount of
bonds to be issued and the imposition of the energy impact assistance
charge and must require the utility to pay a specified percentage of the net
present value of the savings to a newly created Colorado energy impact
assistance authority (authority) for the payment of transition assistance by
the authority and the authority's reasonable and necessary administrative
and operating costs. As an alternative to the financing order and bond
issuance process, upon the closure of an electric generating facility, a
Colorado electric utility may transfer to the authority an amount of up to
15% of the net present value of operational savings created by the closure
of the electric generating facility, and such a transfer shall be deemed by
the PUC to be a prudent action by the utility.
The bill specifies that the authority is governed by a 7-member
board of directors appointed by the governor and specifies mandatory and
suggested occupational experience for the directors. The authority is
authorized to receive bond proceeds from a utility to which a financing
order applies and use the bond proceeds to provide transition assistance
and pay its reasonable and necessary administrative and operating costs.
Transition assistance is defined to include payment of retraining
costs, including costs of apprenticeship programs and skilled worker
retraining programs, for and financial assistance to directly displaced
Colorado facility workers, compensation to Colorado local governments
for lost property tax revenue directly resulting from the retirement of a
facility, and similar payments, job retraining, assistance, and
compensation for directly displaced Colorado workers and local
governments in areas that produce fuel used in the retired facility directly
resulting from the elimination of the need for fuel at the facility. The
authority must disburse at least 50% of the transition assistance that it
provides directly to Colorado workers. In addition, when determining
how best to provide transition assistance to a local community, the
authority must, in conjunction with each board of county commissioners,
municipal governing body, and school district that includes all or a
portion of the impacted community, establish and take into consideration
the advice of a local advisory committee. The authority is subject to open
meeting and open records requirements and is required to submit a report
to specified committees of the general assembly that sets forth a complete
and detailed financial and operating statement of the authority for any
fiscal year for which the authority has provided transition assistance.

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Bill: HB19-1040
Title: Professional Land Surveyors Continuing Education
Position
House SponsorsD. Valdez (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
K. Donovan (D)
StatusHouse Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely (01/30/2019)
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate Committee
Official Summary

The bill requires the state board of licensure for architects,
professional engineers, and professional land surveyors to adopt rules
establishing a continuing education requirement for professional land
surveyors.

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Bill: HB19-1043
Title: Life Care Institutions Post Surety Bond As Reserve
Position
House SponsorsR. Galindo (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/28/2019)
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
Official Summary

Current law requires life care institutions to maintain reserves
through one or more of several options that all require liquidity. The bill
allows a surety bond as a type of allowable reserve.

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Bill: HB19-1047
Title: Metropolitan District Fire Protection Sales Tax
Position
House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Garcia (D)
J. Danielson (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/21/2019)
House CommitteeRural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate CommitteeLocal Government
Official Summary

A metropolitan district is a type of special district that provides at
least 2 services from a list of specific services. One of the services that a
metropolitan district is currently authorized to provide is fire protection.
Currently, a metropolitan district is authorized to levy a property tax to
provide services; however, the district can also levy a sales tax for safety

protection, street improvement, and transportation purposes. Both
property taxes and sales taxes require voter approval. The bill allows a
metropolitan district to also levy a sales tax to provide fire protection in
the areas of the district in which the sales tax is levied.

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Bill: HB19-1078
Title: Landowner Consent Listing National Register
Position
House SponsorsK. Lewis (R)
Senate SponsorsV. Marble (R)
L. Garcia (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (04/12/2019)
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate CommitteeLocal Government
Official Summary

Prior to taking any action to approve a national property
documentation form (form) or to request the approval of the keeper of the
national register of an executed form, the bill requires the state historical
society to require the applicant to obtain the consent, evidenced by a
notarized signature, of each owner of the land and property described in

the form.

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Bill: HB19-1082
Title: Water Rights Easements
Position
House SponsorsD. Valdez (D)
M. Catlin (R)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/28/2019)
House CommitteeRural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate CommitteeAgriculture and Natural Resources
Official Summary

The bill clarifies that water rights easement holders may maintain,
repair, and improve their easement.

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Bill: HB19-1084
Title: Notice To Property Owners Whether Area Blighted
Position
House SponsorsM. Gray (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/21/2019)
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate CommitteeLocal Government
Official Summary

Under current law, before an urban renewal authority (authority)
may undertake an urban renewal project for an urban renewal area, it
must determine that the area is a slum, blighted area, or a combination of

such conditions. When the authority determines that the area is not a
slum, a blighted area, or a combination of such conditions, the authority
is also required under current law to send notice of the determination to
any owner of private property located within the area within 30 days of
the determination. The bill modifies this latter requirement by requiring
notice be provided to such property owners within 5 days of either
determination being made.

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Bill: HB19-1085
Title: Grants For Property Tax Rent And Heat
Position
House SponsorsT. Exum Sr. (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/20/2019)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Official Summary

A low-income senior or individual with a disability is currently
eligible for 2 types of annual state assistance grants administered by the
department of revenue related to his or her property: A grant for their
property taxes or rent paid, with the latter being deemed a tax-equivalent
payment (property tax and rent assistance grant), and a grant for heat or

fuel expenses (heat assistance grant). Together these are commonly
known as the PTC rebate.
The bill expands the property tax and rent assistance grant by
repealing the requirement that rent must be paid to a landlord that pays
property tax. For grants claimed for 2019, the bill also increases the grant
amounts as follows:
  • The maximum property tax and rent assistance grant is
increased from $700 to $850;
  • The maximum heat assistance grant is increased from $192
to $250; and
  • The flat grant amount, which is the minimum grant amount,
is increased from $227 to $275 for the property tax and rent
assistance grant and from $73 to $100 for the heat
assistance grant, assuming that the actual expenses exceed
these amounts.
All of these amounts will continue to be adjusted annually for inflation.
For grants claimed for 2019, the maximum eligible income
amounts for claiming the PTC rebates and the phase-out amounts, which
are the income levels at which a person's maximum grant begins to
decrease, are increased from the estimated inflation-adjusted amounts as
follows:
  • For an individual, the maximum eligible income amount to
qualify for either type of grant is increased from $14,469 to
$17,500 and the phase-out amount is increased from $7,780
to $9,500; and
  • For spouses, the maximum eligible income amount to
qualify for either type of grant is increased from $19,541 to
$23,500 and the phase-out amount is increased from
$12,576 to $15,500.
All of these amounts will also continue to be adjusted for inflation in the
future.
Obsolete provisions relating to grants claimed for past years are
repealed and other provisions relating to grants prior to 2019 are repealed
after they become obsolete in the future.

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Bill: HB19-1091
Title: Conservation Easement Transparency
Position
House SponsorsK. Lewis (R)
Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on Rural Affairs & Agriculture Postpone Indefinitely (02/04/2019)
House CommitteeRural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate Committee
Official Summary

A conservation easement is an agreement in which a property
owner agrees to limit the use of his or her land in perpetuity in order to
protect one or more specified conservation purposes. The instruments
creating the conservation easement are recorded in the public records
affecting the ownership of the property. The conservation easement is
held by a third party, which monitors the use of the land and ensures that
the terms of the agreement are upheld.
Prior to creating a conservation easement, the bill requires the

property owner to sign a disclosure form acknowledging certain specified
consequences and risks of creating the easement on his or her land.
The bill requires the commissioner of agriculture to work with
local government officials to create a database of conservation easements
in the state. The database includes specified information about the
easements and a corresponding map displaying each easement in the state
relative to county boundaries. Local government officials and the
commissioner of agriculture are authorized to enter into contracts to assist
in gathering information for the database. The bill specifies the sources
of information that may be used to create the database. The commissioner
of agriculture is required to annually update the information in the
database and make the information and corresponding map available to
the public at no charge on the department of agriculture's website.
When a conservation easement agreement, amendment, or transfer
is recorded with a county clerk and recorder, the bill requires a complete
copy of the agreement, amendment, or transfer to be submitted to the
commissioner of agriculture and the county tax assessor of the county in
which the easement is located. The commissioner of agriculture is
required to create a tracking form with specified information for each
conservation easement agreement, amendment, or transfer submitted. The
tracking forms are made available on the department of agriculture's
website and can be used by the commissioner of agriculture to create and
maintain the database of conservation easements.
If a single property owner acquires both a conservation easement
and title to the underlying property, current law allows the conservation
easement to be released, terminated, extinguished, or abandoned by a
process known as merger. The bill prohibits a conservation easement
from being extinguished by taking fee title to the land to which the
conservation easement is attached.
For any state income tax credit claimed for a donation of a
conservation easement that is disallowed, the bill allows a landowner to
elect to either extinguish the conservation easement for which the credit
was claimed or receive an equitable relief payment from the state. If a
landowner elects to extinguish the conservation easement, the bill
requires the department of revenue to reimburse the taxpayer for all
reasonable costs incurred by the landowner in establishing the
conservation easement donation as well any federal or state income tax
liability incurred by the taxpayer. The attorney general is required to assist
landowners with executing any documents required to seek a court order
to extinguish a conservation easement.

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Bill: HB19-1096
Title: Colorado Right To Rest
Position
House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on Transportation & Local Government Postpone Indefinitely (02/26/2019)
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate Committee
Official Summary

The bill creates the Colorado Right to Rest Act, which
establishes basic rights for people experiencing homelessness, including
but not limited to the right to rest in public spaces, to shelter themselves
from the elements, to eat or accept food in any public space where food
is not prohibited, to occupy a legally parked vehicle, and to have a
reasonable expectation of privacy of their property.

The bill prohibits discrimination based on housing status.
The bill creates an exemption of the basic right to rest for people
experiencing homelessness for any county, city, municipality, or
subdivision that can demonstrate that, for 3 consecutive months, the
waiting lists for all local public housing authorities contain fewer than 50
people.
The bill allows the general assembly to appropriate money from
the marijuana tax cash fund to the department of local affairs for the
purpose of enabling governmental entities that do not meet the exemption
requirement to reduce the housing waiting lists to fewer than 50 people
for at least 6 months per year.
The bill allows any person whose rights have been violated to seek
enforcement in a civil action.

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Bill: HB19-1098
Title: Deeds To Convey Real Property
Position
House SponsorsM. Gray (D)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/07/2019)
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Official Summary

Section 2 of the bill states that a licensed title insurance entity may
prepare deeds for the conveyance of real property in accordance with

statutory forms. Any deed prepared by a title insurance entity containing
a covenant of warranty must:
  • Include a limitation on the warranty of title; and
  • Use the phrase subject to statutory exceptions and no
other terms or descriptions, unless the preparing title
insurance entity is otherwise instructed in writing by both
the grantor and the grantee.
Section 1 provides new forms of deeds for the conveyance of real
property under certain circumstances.
Sections 3, 4, and 5 make conforming amendments.

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Bill: HB19-1117
Title: Regulation Of Professions And Occupations Reform
Position
House SponsorsS. Sandridge (R)
Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely (02/13/2019)
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate Committee
Official Summary

Current law requires the department of regulatory agencies to
analyze whether to begin or continue the regulation of a profession or
occupation based on several factors. The bill elaborates on these factors
and requires the department to find a present, significant, and
substantiated harm to consumers before recommending regulation. The

bill further requires the department to recommend only the least
restrictive regulation necessary to address the harm and sets guidelines for
recommended regulation.

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Bill: HB19-1135
Title: Clarify Income Tax Credit For Retrofitting A Home
Position
House SponsorsM. Gray (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
J. Tate (R)
F. Winter (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (04/12/2019)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Official Summary

The bill clarifies that the income tax credit for retrofitting a
residence is available for changes made to a residence that benefit a

qualified individual's dependent.

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Bill: HB19-1141
Title: Preserve Senior And Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption
Position
House SponsorsS. Beckman (R)
Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/18/2019)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Official Summary

The bill specifies that for property tax years commencing on or

after January 1, 2020, a senior is deemed to be a 10-year owner-occupier
of a primary residence that the senior has owned and occupied for less
than 10 years and therefore qualifies for the senior property tax exemption
for the residence if:
  • The senior would have qualified for the senior property tax
exemption for the senior's former primary residence but for
the fact that medical necessity required the senior to stop
occupying the former primary residence;
  • The senior has not previously received the exemption for a
former primary residence on the basis of medical necessity;
and
  • The senior has not owned and occupied another primary
residence since the senior first stopped occupying his or her
former primary residence due to medical necessity.
Medical necessity is defined as a medical condition of a senior that a
physician licensed to practice medicine in Colorado has certified, on a
form developed by the state property tax administrator, as having required
the senior to stop occupying the senior's prior primary residence. When
applying for such an exemption, a senior must provide to the assessor the
form establishing proof of medical necessity.
For any property tax year commencing on or after January 1, 2019,
the bill prohibits the general assembly from reducing or suspending the
exemption for qualifying seniors and disabled veterans by lowering the
maximum amount of actual value of residential real property that is the
primary residence of a qualifying senior or a qualifying disabled veteran
of which 50% is exempt from property taxation below $200,000 unless
the amount of general fund revenue for the state fiscal year that ended
during the prior property tax year is less than the amount of general fund
revenue for the next preceding state fiscal year. If the general assembly
lowers the amount of actual value of residential real property that is the
primary residence of a qualifying senior or a qualifying disabled veteran
of which 50% is exempt from property taxation for a property tax year
below $200,000 in accordance with the new limitation established by the
bill, that amount automatically increases to $200,000 for any subsequent
property tax year for which the amount of general fund revenue for the
state fiscal year that ended during the prior property tax year is equal to
or more than the amount of general fund revenue for the next preceding
state fiscal year.

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Bill: HB19-1145
Title: Primary Residence Exempt Liens For Medical Debt
Position
House SponsorsK. Tipper (D)
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (03/11/2019)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate Committee
Official Summary

The bill exempts a person's primary residence from attachment or
execution of a lien as the result of a judgment for medical debt. A person
recording a transcript of judgment must record an affidavit with the
transcript stating that the signer is an authorized agent of the judgment
creditor and whether the judgment is for medical debt. A judgment debtor

may record an affidavit with the county stating the debtor's name, a
description of the debtor's interest in the property, and that the property
is the debtor's primary residence. A primary residence is defined as a
person's dwelling place and includes the dwelling, the lot or lots on which
the dwelling is situated, including a farm of any number of acres, and any
appurtenances.
The bill takes effect on January 1, 2020, and applies to judgments
entered on or after that date.

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Bill: HB19-1167
Title: Remote Notaries Protect Privacy
Position
House SponsorsT. Carver (R)
M. Duran (D)
Senate SponsorsC. Holbert (R)
R. Rodriguez (D)
StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments (05/01/2019)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Official Summary

Current law requires an individual who wishes to have a document
notarized to appear personally before the notary public. The bill
authorizes notaries public to perform a notarial act on behalf of an
individual who is not in the notary's physical presence, but only with
respect to an electronic document.
To perform a remote notarization, a notary must use an

electronic system that conforms to standards established by rules of the
secretary of state, including using real-time audio-video communication.
The bill establishes the standards that a notary must comply with to have
satisfactory evidence of the identity of the individual seeking the remote
notarization.
A notary and the operator of a remote notarization system are
prohibited from using personal information collected during a remote
notarization for any purpose other than completing the notarial act or as
necessary to effect, administer, enforce, service, or process the transaction
for which the information was provided.

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Bill: HB19-1175
Title: Property Tax Valuation Appeal Process
Position
House SponsorsM. Gray (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Gonzales (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/21/2019)
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate CommitteeLocal Government
Official Summary

For counties that have elected to use the alternate protest and
appeal procedures, section 1 of the bill requires:
  • A taxpayer who owns rent-producing commercial real
property to provide the assessor with property rental
information (rental information) on or before July 15 of the
year of the appeal; and
  • The county assessor to mail the notice of determination
regarding the appeal by August 15 of the year of the appeal

instead of the last working day in August.
For all counties, section 2 modifies:
  • The rental information that a petitioner appealing the
valuation of rent-producing commercial property or the
denial of an abatement must provide to a county; and
  • The information related to a county's determination of the
value that a county is required to provide to a petitioner
who has filed an appeal with the board of assessment
appeals.
A petitioner who provides rental information to an assessor as part
of an alternate protest and appeal is not required to provide the same
information in an appeal of the valuation.

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Bill: HB19-1190
Title: Repeal Of Mill Levy Equalization Fund
Position
House SponsorsC. Kipp (D)
Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (03/05/2019)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate Committee
Official Summary

Effective June 30, 2019, the bill repeals the mill levy equalization
fund through which the general assembly appropriated money to the state
charter school institute for distribution to institute charter schools.

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Bill: HB19-1210
Title: Local Government Minimum Wage
Position
House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
R. Galindo (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
D. Moreno (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/28/2019)
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
Official Summary

The bill allows a unit of local government to enact laws
establishing a minimum wage within its jurisdiction.

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Bill: HB19-1212
Title: Recreate Homeowners' Association Community Manager Licensing
Position
House SponsorsM. Duran (D)
B. Titone (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
R. Fields (D)
StatusGovernor Vetoed (05/31/2019)
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate CommitteeFinance
Official Summary

The licensing program for community association managers
(CAMs), who engage in the business of handling certain matters on
behalf of the executive boards of common interest communities, was
created in 2013 and sunsetted on July 1, 2018.
Section 1 of the bill recreates and reenacts the CAM licensing
program and the duties and responsibilities of the division of real estate

and its director with regard to CAM licensing, as they existed on June 30,
2018, with amendments reflecting an extended sunset date of September
1, 2024, and the recommendations of the department of regulatory
agencies as contained in its 2017 sunset report as well as other changes.
The changes made in accordance with the sunset report are:
  • Allowing certain ministerial functions to be delegated to
unlicensed persons while maintaining the license
requirement for higher-level management functions such as
the conduct of board meetings, handling of money, and
negotiation of maintenance contracts. The director is
authorized to adopt rules further clarifying these
distinctions if necessary.
  • Scaling back the amount of, and circumstances in which,
direct supervision of an apprentice is required; specifying
that a supervising manager is accountable for the actions of
an apprentice; and giving the director authority to adopt
rules governing supervision of apprentices; and
  • Removing the automatic acceptance of certain private
credentials as qualifications for licensure and substituting
a requirement that the director specify the acceptable
credentials by rule.
Additional changes include the creation of a 7-member advisory
committee to make recommendations to the director of the division of real
estate regarding changes to the rules, adoption of guidelines and
processes for the handling of complaints, and other matters on which the
director seeks input.
Section 3 duplicates and carries forward all of the preceding
content as part of the recodification of title 12, Colorado Revised Statutes,
contingent on the passage of House Bill 19-1172.

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Bill: HB19-1228
Title: Increase Tax Credit Allocation Affordable Housing
Position
House SponsorsS. Bird (D)
B. Titone (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
J. Tate (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/17/2019)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Official Summary

Currently, under the affordable housing tax credit, during each
calendar year of the period beginning in 2015 and ending in 2024 the
Colorado housing and finance authority (CHFA) may allocate tax credits

in an aggregate amount up to $5 million annually. The bill increases the
annual aggregate cap to $10 million for the years beginning on January
1, 2020, and ending on December 31, 2024.

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Bill: HB19-1238
Title: Clarification Of Manufactured Housing Standards
Position
House SponsorsK. Van Winkle (R)
M. Gray (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
F. Winter (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (04/25/2019)
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
Official Summary

The bill amends the state director of housing's authority to obtain
injunctive relief to be consistent with the removal of the requirement that
factory-built structures that are only substantially altered or repaired bear
an insignia of approval issued by the division of housing.
The bill also removes the requirement that factory-built structures
that are manufactured or sold for transportation to and installation in

another state bear an insignia of approval issued by the division of
housing. The bill also removes the requirement that factory-built
structures that are only substantially altered or repaired in Colorado bear
an insignia of approval issued by the division of housing.

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Bill: HB19-1264
Title: Conservation Easement Tax Credit Modifications
Position
House SponsorsD. Roberts (D)
J. Wilson (R)
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
K. Donovan (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (06/03/2019)
House CommitteeRural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate CommitteeFinance
Official Summary

A conservation easement is an agreement in which a property
owner agrees to limit the use of his or her land in perpetuity in order to
protect one or more specified conservation purposes. The instruments

creating the conservation easement are recorded in the public records
affecting the ownership of the property. The conservation easement is
held by a third party (holder), which monitors the use of the land and
ensures that the terms of the agreement are upheld. A state income tax
credit is currently allowed for a portion of the value of a donated
conservation easement.
The statutes establishing the conservation easement oversight
commission and the program to certify conservation easement holders in
the division of conservation are currently set to repeal on July 1, 2019.
The bill extends the repeal dates for each to July 1, 2026. In addition, the
bill would:
  • Eliminate a requirement that the board of real estate
appraisers establish education and experience requirements
for conservation easement appraisers;
  • Relocate and modify certain provisions governing the
creation and valuation of conservation easements;
  • Allow the division of conservation to use an alternative
method acceptable to the division and the conservation
easement oversight commission to value a conservation
easement;
  • Modify provisions governing a conservation easement
working group convened to address specified issues
relating to claiming a state income tax credit for the
donation of a conservation easement;
  • Require the owner of property who is granting a
conservation easement to execute a disclosure form
developed by the division of conservation and the
conservation easement oversight commission regarding the
easement;
  • Modify provisions governing when a conservation
easement may be extinguished;
  • Prohibit a conservation easement for which a state income
tax credit has been allowed from being released,
terminated, extinguished, or abandoned by merger, which
occurs when the same entity holds both the easement and
the land subject to the easement;
  • Increase the percentage of the value of a conservation
easement that may be claimed as an income tax credit and
the total amount that may be claimed for the easement,
while limiting the amount of credits that may be issued per
year; and
  • Make an appropriation to Colorado state university to
facilitate the provision of public access to the Colorado
ownership, management, and protection (COMaP) service
which maintains a database and corresponding map of
conservation easements and other protected lands in
Colorado.
Additionally, the bill makes conforming amendments to certain
statutory sections contained in HB 19-1172, which recodifies title 12, to
ensure that the provisions of the bill will be effective if HB 19-1172
becomes law.

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Bill: HB19-1272
Title: Housing Authority Property In Colorado New Energy Improvement District
Position
House SponsorsS. Bird (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
F. Winter (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/30/2019)
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate CommitteeTransportation and Energy
Official Summary

The Colorado new energy improvement district (NEID)
administers a commercial property assessed clean energy program
through which an owner of eligible real property, which includes
residential properties having at least 5 dwelling units (eligible property),
may finance energy improvements to the eligible property by joining the
NEID and agreeing to pay a NEID special assessment against the eligible

property. A city, county, or multijurisdictional housing authority (housing
authority) and its property, whether owned or leased, are generally
exempt from the payment of special assessments to the state or any
political subdivision of the state. The bill clarifies that this exemption
does not preclude a housing authority, an entity in which a housing
authority has an ownership interest, or a lessor who leases real property
to or from a housing authority from voluntarily applying to include
eligible real property that it owns into the boundaries of the NEID and
accepting the levying of a NEID special assessment against the eligible
property.

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Bill: HB19-1292
Title: Colorado Resiliency Office Reauthorization Funding
Position
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
R. Galindo (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
StatusSigned by the President of the Senate (05/16/2019)
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Official Summary

The bill continues the Colorado resiliency office, which
administers the resiliency and community recovery program as part of the
state's disaster recovery and response functions. The requirement that the
office be funded solely through grant funding is repealed, making general
funds available to pay for the work of the office. The bill makes an

appropriation for the office for fiscal year 2019-20. The office is
scheduled for sunset review in 2022.

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Bill: HB19-1295
Title: County Treasurers To Serve As Public Trustees
Position
House SponsorsK. Becker (D)
J. Rich (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Scott (R)
T. Story (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/29/2019)
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Official Summary

Public trustees for Class 2 counties (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder,
Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Mesa, Pueblo, and Weld) are
currently appointed by the governor. Commencing July 1, 2020, the bill
specifies that the county treasurer for each Class 2 county will serve as
the public trustee for the county. The county treasurer is required to create

a transition plan for assuming the new duties of the public trustee. The
county treasurer is authorized to consider incorporating staff of the
appointed trustee's office into the treasurer's office.

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Bill: HB19-1303
Title: No Liability If Landowner Grants Free Access Land
Position
House SponsorsD. Valdez (D)
P. Will (R)
Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (04/11/2019)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate Committee
Official Summary

Under current law, a landowner that grants access to another

person, without charge, to use the landowner's land for recreational
purposes, such as hunting, fishing, or camping, is not liable for any
injuries the person sustains while using the land; except that a landowner
is liable to the person for the landowner's willful and malicious failure to
guard or warn against a known dangerous condition, use, structure, or
activity on the land likely to cause harm. The bill removes the exception.

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Bill: HB19-1309
Title: Mobile Home Park Act Oversight
Position
House SponsorsE. Hooton (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
S. Fenberg (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/23/2019)
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate CommitteeFinance
Official Summary

The bill provides protections for mobile home owners by:

  • Granting counties the power to enact certain ordinances for
mobile home parks;
  • Extending the time period between the notice of
nonpayment of rent and the termination of any tenancy or
other estate at will or lease in a mobile home park; and
  • Extending the time a mobile home owner has to vacate a
mobile home park after a court enters an eviction order.
The bill also creates the Mobile Home Park Dispute Resolution
and Enforcement Program (program). The program authorizes the
division of housing of the department of local affairs to:
  • Register mobile home parks;
  • Collect a registration fee from mobile home parks;
  • Collect and annually report upon data related to disputes
and violations of the Mobile Home Park Act (act);
  • Produce and distribute educational materials concerning the
act and the program;
  • Create and maintain a database of mobile home parks;
  • Create and maintain a database to manage the program; and
  • Take complaints, conduct investigations, make
determinations, impose penalties, and participate in
administrative dispute resolutions when there are alleged
violations of the act.

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Bill: HB19-1317
Title: Income Tax Credit And Senior Property Tax Exemption
Position
House SponsorsC. Kennedy (D)
M. Weissman (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Court (D)
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/18/2019)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Official Summary
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Bill: HB19-1322
Title: Expand Supply Affordable Housing
Position
House SponsorsD. Roberts (D)
P. Will (R)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
D. Moreno (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/17/2019)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Official Summary

Assuming certain conditions are satisfied affecting the state's fiscal
situation, section 1 of the bill requires the state treasurer to transfer a
specified amount of money commencing with the 2019-20 state fiscal
year and through and including the 2025-26 state fiscal year from the
unclaimed property trust fund to the division of housing in the department
of local affairs (division) to be deposited by the division into the housing

development grant fund.
Section 2 makes parallel changes found in section 1 to the
Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act.
In addition to the other sources of money to be deposited into the
housing development grant fund, section 4 specifies that the fund also
consists of money transferred by the state treasurer from the unclaimed
property trust fund to the division to be deposited into the housing
development grant fund to supplement existing money in such fund to be
expended for any of the purposes specified in the bill. This section also
expands the source of money that may be deposited into the housing
development grant fund.

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Bill: SB19-016
Title: Severance Tax Operational Fund Distribution Methodology
Position
House SponsorsL. Saine (R)
D. Esgar (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
K. Donovan (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (04/01/2019)
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate CommitteeAgriculture and Natural Resources
Official Summary

Water Resources Review Committee. Money in the severance
tax operational fund (operational fund) is primarily used for 2 purposes.

The general assembly annually appropriates money from the operational
fund for several core departmental programs, which were previously
described as tier-one programs. If money remains after these
appropriations and after a reserve requirement for the core departmental
programs is satisfied, then the state treasurer transfers money to an array
of funds that support natural resources and energy grant programs, which
were previously described as tier-two programs.
There is also a requirement that the reserve include an amount
equal to 15% of the maximum transfers to natural resources and energy
grant programs required by law, and this reserve is used for the transfers,
if necessary.
The bill changes the distribution of the money in the operational
fund as follows:
  • Separates the reserve into the core reserve and the grant
program reserve, while maintaining the overall purpose of
each reserve;
  • Increases the maximum grant program reserve to 100% of
the maximum transfers to the natural resources and energy
grant programs required by law, which currently is equal to
$36,378,072;
  • Requires the state treasurer to make the transfers to the
natural resources and energy grant programs on August 15
after a fiscal year and to base the transfers on actual
revenue as opposed to estimated revenue. Money from the
grant program reserve may be used for these transfers; and
  • If all of the appropriations and transfers have been made
and both reserves are full, then the state treasurer is
required to transfer any money remaining in the operational
fund to the severance tax perpetual base fund.

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Bill: SB19-046
Title: Appraisal Management Company Definition
Position
House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Tate (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/25/2019)
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
Official Summary

The bill amends the definition of appraisal management
company to align with the definition in federal law.

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Bill: SB19-089
Title: Exempt Colorado Department of Higher Education Regulation Professional Organization Member Education
Position
House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsR. Woodward (R)
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/04/2019)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Official Summary

Under current law, education offered by a bona fide trade,
business, professional, or fraternal organization that primarily benefits the
organization's membership or mission is exempted from regulation by the

private occupational school division in the department of higher
education.
The bill clarifies that the exemption covers educational services
approved by the bona fide organization that are offered either by the
organization or by an instructor approved by the organization.

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Bill: SB19-130
Title: Sales Tax Administration
Position
House SponsorsJ. Rich (R)
C. Larson (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Gardner (R)
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (02/12/2019)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeFinance
Official Summary

The United States Supreme Court, on June 21, 2018, decided
South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., et al., overruling 2 previous United States

Supreme Court cases that stood for the rule that a state could not require
an out-of-state retailer to collect sales tax if the retailer lacked physical
presence in the state. Because of the Wayfair decision, states can require
retailers without physical presence in the state to collect sales tax on
purchases made by in-state customers so long as the sales tax system in
the state is not too burdensome for the out-of-state retailer. The bill
simplifies the state sales tax system for retailers without physical presence
by:
  • Not requiring retailers without physical presence that only
transact limited business in Colorado to collect sales tax;
  • Specifying that only the state's sales tax base, not a local
sales tax base, will apply to all sales made by retailers
without physical presence;
  • Requiring that the department of revenue (department) be
responsible for all state and local sales tax administration
and return processing, including the establishment of a
single form for returns;
  • Specifying that a central audit bureau is the sole entity
within the state that is responsible for auditing retailers
without physical presence and specifying that the central
audit bureau be developed by the department in
coordination with local taxing jurisdictions;
  • Establishing that sales are taxed based on where the goods
are delivered (destination sourcing) for all sales made by
retailers without physical presence in the state, including
local taxing jurisdictions, but specifying that destination
sourcing is not required for sales made by Colorado
retailers;
  • Requiring the department to provide information to
retailers without physical presence that indicates the
taxability of products and services along with any product
and service exemptions from sales tax in the state;
  • Requiring the department to provide retailers without
physical presence a sales tax rate database and a database
of local taxing jurisdiction boundaries;
  • Requiring the department to make available free-of-charge
software that calculates sales taxes due on each transaction
at the time the transaction is completed, files sales tax
returns, and updates to reflect any tax rate changes for the
state or any local taxing jurisdiction;
  • Allowing the department to contract with one or more
certified software providers without regard to the
procurement code to provide the software or provide access
to the software;
  • Allowing a retailer to elect to collect and remit sales tax on
its own, without using the services of a certified software
provider, or allowing a retailer to elect to use the services
of a certified software provider;
  • Specifying that, in providing the software free of charge,
the contracts negotiated between the department and the
certified software providers must provide that all or a
portion of the vendor fee may not be retained by the retailer
electing to utilize the services of a certified software
provider but will instead be retained by the certified
software provider as payment for its services;
  • Requiring the department to establish certification
procedures for persons to be approved as certified software
providers; and
  • Providing the required relief of liability for errors to
retailers without physical presence and other retailers
utilizing the software.
The bill allows local taxing jurisdictions governed by a home rule
charter to opt in by passing an ordinance, resolution, or accepting the
state's administration and distribution of its local sales tax on sales made
by retailers without physical presence that is collected and remitted by
such sellers in accordance with the bill.

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Bill: SB19-132
Title: Senior Property Tax Exemption Medical Necessity
Position
House SponsorsT. Carver (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Gardner (R)
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (04/30/2019)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeFinance
Official Summary

The bill specifies that for property tax years commencing on or
after January 1, 2020, a senior is deemed to be a 10-year owner-occupier
of a primary residence that the senior has owned and occupied for less
than 10 years and therefore qualifies for the senior property tax exemption
for the residence if:

  • The senior would have qualified for the senior property tax
exemption for the senior's former primary residence but for
the fact that medical necessity required the senior to stop
occupying the former primary residence;
  • The senior has not previously received the exemption for a
former primary residence on the basis of medical necessity;
and
  • The senior has not owned and occupied another primary
residence since the senior first stopped occupying his or her
former primary residence due to medical necessity.
Medical necessity is defined as a medical condition of a senior that a
physician licensed to practice medicine in Colorado has certified, on a
form developed by the state property tax administrator, as having required
the senior to stop occupying the senior's prior primary residence.
When applying for such an exemption, a senior must provide to the
assessor the form establishing proof of medical necessity.

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Bill: SB19-250
Title: Limit Tiered Rates Electric Utilities
Position
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
J. Rich (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Scott (R)
L. Garcia (D)
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (05/02/2019)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Official Summary

Current law allows heat, light, gas, water, power, and telephone
utilities to establish a graduated scale of charges known as tiered rates.
Based on a legislative finding that electric utilities' generation costs have
substantially declined, the bill requires electric utilities that are currently
charging a residential tiered rate to file with the public utilities

commission a revised residential rate design by April 30, 2020, to take
effect on or before June 1, 2020, that collapses the residential summer
tiered rate into a single rate that applies to all kilowatt-hours consumed
by the residential customer during the summer. The single rate must be
designed to collect the same revenues during the summer as the tiered rate
was designed to collect. An electric utility cannot charge a residential
tiered rate or residential inverted block rate until the utility files a new
electric rate case.

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Bill: SB19-255
Title: Gallagher Amendment Residential Assessment Rate
Position
House SponsorsL. Herod (D)
D. Esgar (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Court (D)
J. Tate (R)
StatusHouse Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (04/30/2019)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Official Summary

Based on a residential target percentage that is equal to 45.69%,
the bill lowers the ratio of valuation for assessment for residential real
property from 7.2% to 7.15% for property tax years commencing on and
after January 1, 2019, until the next property tax year that the general
assembly adjusts this ratio.

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