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Bill: HB20-1360
Title: 2020-21 Long Bill
Senate CommitteeAppropriations
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CCW Summary

Concerning the provision for payment of the expenses of the executive, legislative, and judicial departments of the state of Colorado, and of its agencies and institutions, for and during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020, except as otherwise noted.

Intro Date05/26/2020
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Bill Subject- State Revenue & Budget
House CommitteeAppropriations
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
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StatusGovernor Signed (06/22/2020)

Bill: HB20-1379
Title: Suspend Direct Distribution To PERA Public Employees Retirement Association For 2020-21 Fiscal Year
Senate CommitteeAppropriations
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CCW Summary

Concerning suspending the direct distribution to the public employees' retirement association for the 2020-21 state fiscal year, and, in connection therewith, reducing an appropriation.

Intro Date05/26/2020
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Bill Subject- State Government
House CommitteeAppropriations
Senate SponsorsB. Rankin (R)
House SponsorsK. Ransom (R)
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. Current law specifies that on July 1,
2018, and on July 1 each year thereafter until there are no unfunded
actuarial accrued liabilities of any division of the public employees'

retirement association (PERA) that receives the direct distribution, the
state treasurer is required to issue a warrant to PERA in an amount equal
to $225 million from the general fund or any other fund. The bill specifies
that the state treasurer shall not issue the warrant to PERA for the
2020-21 state fiscal year.

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Bill: HB20-1415
Title: Whistleblower Protection Public Health Emergencies
Senate CommitteeFinance
History 
CCW Summary

Concerning a worker's rights in the workplace for conduct related to a principal's actions during a public health emergency.

 

Intro Date06/04/2020
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Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
House CommitteeFinance
Senate SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House SponsorsL. Herod (D)
T. Sullivan (D)
Official Summary

The bill prohibits a principal, which includes an employer, certain
labor contractors, public employers, and entities that rely on independent
contractors for a specified percentage of their workforce, from
discriminating, retaliating, or taking adverse action against any worker
who:

  • Raises any concern about workplace health and safety
practices or hazards related to a public health emergency to
the principal, the principal's agent, other workers, a
government agency, or the public if the workplace health
and safety practices fail to meet guidelines established by
a federal, state, or local public health agency with
jurisdiction over the workplace; or
  • Voluntarily wears at the worker's workplace the worker's
own personal protective equipment, such as a mask,
faceguard, or gloves.
A person may seek relief for a violation of the bill by:
  • Filing a complaint with the division of labor standards and
statistics in the department of labor and employment;
  • Bringing an action in district court, after exhausting
administrative remedies; or
  • Bringing a whistleblower action in the name of the state in
district court, after exhausting administrative remedies.

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Bill: HB20-1418
Title: Public School Finance
Senate CommitteeFinance
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CCW Summary

Concerning the financing of public schools, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations.

Intro Date06/04/2020
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Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
House SponsorsK. Becker (D)
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill is a nonstatutory legislative declaration.
Section 2 of the bill:
  • Increases the statewide base per pupil funding for the
2020-21 budget year by $132.08 to account for inflation of
1.9% for a new statewide base per pupil funding of

$7,083.61;
  • Sets the minimum statewide district total program funding
amount for the 2020-21 budget year and removes the
requirement for the dollar amount of the budget
stabilization factor to remain the same as during the
2019-20 budget year.
Section 3 of the bill makes changes to budget procedures for
school districts, charter schools, and local college districts for the
2020-21 fiscal year as follows:
  • Under current law, a proposed school district budget must
be submitted to the local board of education 30 days prior
to July 1, the beginning of the budget year. The bill
requires the proposed budget to be submitted on or before
June 23, 2020.
  • Under current law, the notice of proposed budget must be
published within 10 days after submitting the budget. The
bill requires publication of the notice not later than June 25,
2020. Notice of the budget shall be posted for at least 2
business days.
Sections 4 and 5 of the bill repeal the following required statutory
appropriations for the 2020-21 budget year:
  • $250,000 for the school counselor corps grant program to
assist students and families with completing state and
federal financial aid forms; and
  • $250,000 for the computer science education grant program
to increase enrollment or participation of traditionally
underrepresented students in computer science education.
Sections 6 and 7 of the bill:
  • Reduce the state fiscal year (FY) 2020-21 appropriation
from the public school capital construction assistance fund
(assistance fund) for Building Excellent Schools Today
Act program cash grants for public school capital
construction from $160 million to $25 million;
  • Transfer $100 million from the assistance fund to the state
public school fund on July 1, 2020; and
  • For FY 2020-21, divert revenue above the first $40 million
received from the state retail marijuana excise tax from the
assistance fund to the state public school fund.
Sections 8 through 12 of the bill suspend the implementation of
the K-5 social and emotional health pilot program and make conforming
changes to the dates for selecting pilot program participants, the pilot
program coordinator, maintenance of effort requirements for the pilot
districts, and the initial and final pilot program evaluations. The
department of education (department) shall implement the pilot program
subject to available appropriations or gifts, grants, or donations for the
3-year term of the pilot program.
The bill removes any requirement that the general assembly
appropriate money for the pilot program for the 2020-21 state fiscal year
but authorizes the general assembly to appropriate marijuana tax cash
fund money for the pilot program in the future. The department may
accept and expend gifts, grants, or donations for the pilot program. The
bill extends the repeal date of the program by10 years to allow for future
implementation of the pilot program.
Sections 13 through 17 of the bill repeal the grow your own
educator program.
Current law repeals the advanced placement incentives pilot
program on July 1, 2021. Section 18 of the bill repeals the pilot program
on July 1, 2020.
Sections 19 and 20 of the bill require the state treasurer to make
the following transfers to the state education fund on July 1, 2020:
  • $3.5 million from the early literacy fund; and
  • $11,831 from the Colorado teacher of the year fund.
Sections 21 through 23 of the bill repeal the school
cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator
training fund and the closing the achievement gap cash fund, which are
inactive; requires the state treasurer to transfer all unexpended and
unencumbered money in each of those funds to the state education fund;
and makes conforming amendments.
Sections 24 through 27 of the bill require the state treasurer to
transfer all unexpended and unencumbered money credited to each of the
following funds to the state education fund:
  • The great teachers and leaders fund on July 1, 2020;
  • The nonpublic school fingerprint fund, as it existed prior to
its repeal in 2006, on July 1, 2020;
  • The student re-engagement grant program fund, as it
existed prior to its repeal in 2019, on July 1, 2020;
  • The retaining teachers fund on July 1, 2020; and
  • The full-day kindergarten facility capital construction fund
on June 30, 2020.
Section 28 of the bill requires the state treasurer to transfer any
unexpended and unencumbered principal of the high-cost special
education trust fund to the state public school fund on July 1, 2020.
Section 29 of the bill transfers $2.5 million from the marijuana tax
cash fund to the state public school fund, on July 1, 2020.
Sections 30 through 32 of the bill delay certain provisions of the
local school food purchasing program by one year, including delaying:
  • The start of reimbursements to October 2021;
  • The first report to on or before December 1, 2022; and
  • The repeal of the program to January 1, 2024.
Sections 33 through 38 of the bill reset the total program mill levy
for the 2020 property tax year for each school district as follows:
  • If the school district has obtained voter approval to keep
revenue that exceeds the constitutional limit, the lesser of:
27 mills; the number of mills necessary to fully fund the
school district's total program; or the number of mills the
school district would have levied in the preceding property
tax year but for unauthorized reductions in the school
district's mill levy after the school district received voter
approval to retain excess revenue; or
  • If the school district has not obtained voter approval to
keep revenue that exceeds the constitutional limit, the
lesser of: 27 mills; the number of mills levied in the
preceding property tax year; or the number of mills that
generates an amount of revenue that does not exceed the
constitutional limit.
For the 2021 property tax year and each property tax year
thereafter, each school district must levy the lesser of:
  • 27 mills;
  • The number of mills levied in the preceding property tax
year;
  • The number of mills necessary to fully fund the school
district's total program; or
  • If the school district has not obtained voter approval to
keep revenue that exceeds the constitutional limit, the
number of mills that generates an amount of revenue that
does not exceed the constitutional limit.
In a property tax year in which a school district is required to levy
more mills than it levied for the 2019 property tax year, the school district
board of education must approve a tax credit in the amount of the increase
in the number of mills. The amount of revenue attributable to the number
of mills for which there is a tax credit is not included in calculating the
school district's state share.
Under the Building Excellent Schools Today Act, the state may
enter into lease-purchase agreements for public school facility capital
construction projects subject to the limitation that the maximum total
annual amount of lease payments payable under the terms of the
agreements does not exceed $110 million. Section 39 of the bill increases
the maximum total annual amount of lease payments to $125 million for
FY2020-21 and for each state fiscal year thereafter and appropriates $15
million from the public school capital construction assistance fund to the
department for FY2020-21 to provide the additional spending authority
needed to make the additional lease payments.
Section 40 of the bill requires the department, for the 2020-21
budget year only, to use student enrollment numbers for the 2018-19
budget year in calculating a local education provider's per-pupil
intervention money under the READ Act.
Section 41 of the bill clarifies that students enrolled part-time in
a kindergarten program are counted for school formula funding as .58 of
a full-day pupil.
Section 42 of the bill authorizes 5-year-old first graders to receive
full school finance formula funding.
Section 43 of the bill requires the commissioner of education
(commissioner) to convene education stakeholders to review the impact
of the cancellation of assessments, accountability, accreditation, and
educator evaluations for the 2019-20 school year and whether future
modifications are needed for the accountability, accreditation, and
educator evaluation systems as a result of, and in response to, the
COVID-19 pandemic and possible further disruptions.
Section 44 of the bill authorizes the commissioner to expend
appropriations to correct the underpayment of state funding to a school
district, board of cooperative services, the state charter school institute,
or to a group care facility or home due to errors in information certified
to the department of education for the determination of state funding.
Sections 45 through 47 of the bill remove the requirement that the
department determine the level of attainment on performance indicators
achieved by each public school, each school district, the state charter
school institute, and the state as a whole for the 2019-20 school year.
In addition, the department shall not assign accreditation ratings
for school districts or the state charter school institute, and shall not
recommend improvement plans for public schools, for the 2020-21 school
year. A school district, the state charter school institute, and schools shall
continue to implement the plan type that was assigned for the 2019-20
school year.
Section 48 of the bill extends the June 1 deadline for written
notice of contract nonrenewal to June 26, 2020, for probationary teachers
employed by a school district on a full-time basis during the 2019-20
school year, so long as the recommendation for contract nonrenewal is for
reasons relating to budgetary shortfalls.
The bill makes and reduces appropriations.

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Bill: HB20-1420
Title: Adjust Tax Expenditures For State Education Fund
Senate CommitteeFinance
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CCW Summary

Concerning the adjustment of certain state tax expenditures in order to allocate additional revenues to the state education fund.

Intro Date06/08/2020
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Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
House CommitteeFinance
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
C. Hansen (D)
House SponsorsM. Gray (D)
E. Sirota (D)
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill specifies that the act shall be known as the
Tax Fairness Act.
Sections 2 and 3 require taxpayers to add to federal taxable
income:
  • For income tax years ending on and after the enactment of

the March 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic
Security Act (CARES Act), but before January 1, 2021,
and for income tax years beginning on and after the
enactment of the CARES Act, but before January 1, 2021,
an amount equal to the difference between a taxpayer's net
operating loss deduction as determined under federal law
before the amendments made by section 2303 of the
CARES Act and the taxpayer's net operating loss deduction
as determined under federal law after the amendments
made by section 2303 of the CARES Act;
  • For income tax years ending on and after the enactment of
the CARES Act, but before January 1, 2021, and for
income tax years beginning on and after the enactment of
the CARES Act, but before January 1, 2021, an amount
equal to a taxpayer's excess business loss as determined
under federal law without regard to the amendments made
by section 2304 of the CARES Act, but with regard to the
technical amendment made in that section of the CARES
Act;
  • For income tax years ending on and after the enactment of
the CARES Act, but before January 1, 2021, and for
income tax years beginning on and after the enactment of
the CARES Act, but before January 1, 2021, an amount
equal to the amount in excess of the limitation on business
interest under federal law without regard to the
amendments made by section 2306 of the CARES Act; and
  • For income tax years commencing on or after January 1,
2021, an amount equal to the deduction for qualified
business income for an individual taxpayer who files a
single return and whose adjusted gross income is greater
than $75,000, and for an individual taxpayer who files a
joint return and whose adjusted gross income is greater
than $150,000. This federal deduction may be claimed for
income tax years commencing prior to January 1, 2026.
Section 4 limits the amount of net operating loss that a corporation
may carry forward to $400,000. This section also specifies that a
corporation may add the amount of all net operating losses that a
corporation is prohibited from subtracting, with interest, to the allowable
net operating loss that is carried forward by the corporation.
Section 5 eliminates the state income tax modification for
qualifying net capital gains for income tax years commencing on or after
January 1, 2021.
Sections 6 and 7 repeal the exemption from the state sales and use
taxes for the sales, purchase, storage, use, or consumption of electricity,
coal, gas, fuel oil, steam, coke, or nuclear fuel, for use in processing,
manufacturing, mining, refining, irrigation, construction, telegraph,
telephone, and radio communication, street and railroad transportation
services, and all industrial uses, for filing periods on and after August 1,
2020, except not the state sales and use tax exemption for newsprint and
printer's ink for use by publishers of newspapers and commercial printers.
Section 8 creates a sales and use tax refund, not to exceed $1,000
per filing period, for filing periods on and after August 1, 2020, for all
state sales and use tax paid by the taxpayer on the sale, storage, use, or
consumption of electricity, coal, gas, fuel oil, steam, coke, or nuclear fuel,
for use in processing, manufacturing, mining, refining, irrigation,
construction, telegraph, telephone, and radio communication, and all
industrial uses; except that the $1,000 per filing period limit does not
apply to the sale, storage, use, or consumption of:
  • Diesel fuel purchased for off-road use;
  • Electricity, coal, gas, fuel oil, steam, coke, or nuclear fuel
purchased for agricultural purposes;
  • Coal, gas, fuel oil, steam, coke, or nuclear fuel for use in
generating electricity; and
  • Electricity, coal, gas, fuel oil, steam, coke, or nuclear fuel
for use in street and railroad transportation services.
Sections 9 and 10 prevent the elimination of the sales tax
exemption and the creation of the sales tax refund from affecting county
and municipal sales and use taxes.
Section 11 repeals the statutes that provide an insurance premium
tax rate reduction for insurance companies maintaining a home office or
a regional home office in the state. Section 11 also clarifies that, for
purposes of the insurance premium tax, an annuity plan or an annuity
consideration does not include a deposit-type contract that does not
incorporate mortality or morbidity risks, such as a guaranteed investment
or interest certificate, a supplementary contract without life contingencies,
an annuity certain, a premium fund or other deposit fund, a dividend
accumulation, a coupon accumulation, a lottery payout, or a structured
settlement.
The earned income tax credit is equal to a percentage of the federal
earned income tax credit. Section 12 increases the percentage from 10%
to 20% beginning in 2023. Section 12 also specifies that for income tax
years commencing on or after January 1, 2020, taxpayers filing with an
individual taxpayer identification number are eligible for the earned
income tax credit.
Section 13 specifies that the state treasurer shall transfer the
following amounts from the general fund to the state education fund
created in section 17 (4) of article IX of the state constitution for the
following fiscal years:
  • $150,000,000 for the fiscal year 2021-22;
  • $200,000,000 for the fiscal year 2022-23;
  • $200,000,000 for the fiscal year 2023-24; and
  • $200,000,000 for the fiscal year 2024-25.

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Bill: HB20-1421
Title: Delinquent Interest Payments Property Tax
Senate CommitteeFinance
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CCW Summary

Concerning delinquent interest payments for property tax payments.

Intro Date06/08/2020
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Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
- Local Government
House CommitteeFinance
Senate SponsorsJ. Sonnenberg (R)
K. Donovan (D)
House SponsorsL. Saine (R)
D. Roberts (D)
Official Summary

The bill allows, upon approval of the county treasurer, a board of
county commissioners or a city council of a city and county, in a county
or city and county that collected 90% or less of the total amount of
property taxes between January 1, 2020, and June 1, 2020, than it
collected between January 1, 2019, and June 1, 2019, to temporarily
reduce, waive, or suspend delinquent interest payments for property tax

payments.
The bill also requires a board of county commissioners or city
council to notify local taxing jurisdictions of the intent to reduce, waive,
or suspend delinquent property tax interest payments. If a local taxing
jurisdiction would be unable to meet its bond payment obligations after
the proposed reduction, waiver, or suspension, the local taxing
jurisdiction shall notify the board of county commissioners or city
council.
Finally, the bill requires a treasurer to advance property tax
payments to local taxing jurisdictions to assist the local taxing
jurisdictions in the payment of bonded indebtedness payments and
monthly operation costs, if the local taxing jurisdiction demonstrates a
financial need due to the waiver or reduction of property tax interest rates
during the time those rates are reduced or waived.

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Bill: SB20-205
Title: Sick Leave For Employees
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
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Concerning the requirement that employers offer sick leave to their employees.

Intro Date05/26/2020
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Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
- Public Health
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate SponsorsJ. Bridges (D)
S. Fenberg (D)
House SponsorsK. Becker (D)
Y. Caraveo (D)
Official Summary

The bill creates the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (act),
which requires employers to provide paid sick leave to employees under
various circumstances.
On and after the effective date of the act through December 31,
2020, employers are required to provide each of their employees paid sick
leave for employees to take for reasons related to the COVID-19

pandemic in the amounts and for the purposes specified in the federal
Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act in the Families First Coronavirus
Response Act.
Additionally, beginning January 1, 2021, the act requires all
employers in Colorado to provide paid sick leave to their employees,
accrued at one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to
a maximum of 48 hours.
An employee:
  • Begins accruing paid sick leave when the employee's
employment begins;
  • May use paid sick leave as it is accrued; and
  • May carry forward and use in subsequent calendar years
paid sick leave that is not used in the year in which it is
accrued.
Employees may use accrued paid sick leave to be absent from
work for the following purposes:
  • The employee has a mental or physical illness, injury, or
health condition; needs a medical diagnosis, care, or
treatment related to such illness, injury, or condition; or
needs to obtain preventive medical care;
  • The employee needs to care for a family member who has
a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition;
needs a medical diagnosis, care, or treatment related to
such illness, injury, or condition; or needs to obtain
preventive medical care;
  • The employee or family member has been the victim of
domestic abuse, sexual assault, or harassment and needs to
be absent from work for purposes related to such crime; or
  • A public official has ordered the closure of the school or
place of care of the employee's child or of the employee's
place of business due to a public health emergency,
necessitating the employee's absence from work.
In addition to the paid sick leave accrued by an employee, the act
requires an employer to provide its employees an additional amount of
paid sick leave during a public health emergency in an amount based on
the number of hours the employee works.
The act prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee
who uses the employee's paid sick leave or otherwise exercises the
employee's rights under the act. Employers are required to notify
employees of their rights under the act by providing employees with a
written notice of their rights and displaying a poster, developed by the
division of labor standards and statistics (division) in the department of
labor and employment, detailing employees' rights under the act.
Employers must retain records documenting, by employee, the
hours worked, paid sick leave accrued, and paid sick leave used and make
such records available to the division to monitor compliance with the act.
The director of the division will implement and enforce the act and
adopt rules necessary for such purposes. The act treats an employee's
information about the employee's or a family member's health condition
or domestic abuse, sexual assault, or harassment case as confidential and
prohibits an employer from disclosing such information or requiring the
employee to disclose such information as a condition of using paid sick
leave.
Employers, including public employers, that provide comparable
paid leave to their employees and allow employees to use that leave as
permitted under the act are not required to provide additional paid sick
leave to their employees.
Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement would
not be entitled to paid sick leave under the act if the collective bargaining
agreement expressly waives the requirements of the act and provides an
equivalent benefit to covered employees.

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Bill: SB20-216
Title: Workers' Compensation For COVID-19
Senate CommitteeFinance
History 
CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of presumptions related to an essential worker who contracts COVID-19 for purposes related to workers' compensation.

Intro Date06/02/2020
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House Committee
Senate SponsorsR. Rodriguez (D)
House SponsorsK. Mullica (D)
Official Summary

The bill provides that, for purposes of the Workers' Compensation
Act of Colorado, if an essential worker who works outside of the home
contracts COVID-19, the contraction is:
  • Presumed to have arisen out of and in the course of
employment; and

  • A compensable accident, injury, or occupational disease.
An essential worker is considered to have contracted COVID-19
if the worker tests positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, is
diagnosed with COVID-19 by a licensed physician, or has COVID-19
listed as the cause of death on the worker's death certificate.

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StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/10/2020)

Bill: SB20-217
Title: Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
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CCW Summary

Concerning measures to enhance law enforcement integrity.

Intro Date06/03/2020
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Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
House CommitteeFinance
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
L. Garcia (D)
House SponsorsL. Herod (D)
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Official Summary

The bill requires all local law enforcement agencies to issue
body-worn cameras to their officers and requires all recordings of an
incident be released to the public within 14 days after the incident. Peace
officers shall wear and activate a body-worn camera at any time when
interacting with the public.
The bill requires the division of criminal justice in the department
of public safety to create an annual report of the information that is
reported to the attorney general, aggregated and broken down by state or

local agency that employs peace officers, along with the underlying data.
Each state and local agency that employs peace officers shall report to the
attorney general:
  • All use of force by its officers that results in death or
serious bodily injury;
  • All instances when an officer resigned while under
investigation for violating department policy;
  • All data relating to stops conducted by its peace officers;
and
  • All data related to the use of an unannounced entry by a
peace officer.
The division of criminal justice shall maintain a statewide database
with data collected in a searchable format and publish the database on its
website. Any state and local law enforcement agency that fails to meet its
reporting requirements is subject to suspension of its funding by its
appropriating authority.
If any peace officer is convicted of or pleads guilty or nolo
contendere to any inappropriate use of physical force or a crime involving
the unlawful use or threatened use of physical force, or for failing to
intervene to prevent inappropriate use of physical force, the peace
officer's employing agency shall immediately terminate the peace officer's
employment and the P.O.S.T. board shall permanently revoke the peace
officer's certification. The P.O.S.T. board shall not, under any
circumstances, reinstate the peace officer's certification or grant new
certification to the peace officer.
The bill allows a person who has a constitutional right secured by
the bill of rights of the Colorado constitution that is infringed upon by a
peace officer to bring a civil action for the violation. A plaintiff who
prevails in the lawsuit is entitled to reasonable attorney fees, and a
defendant in an individual suit is entitled to reasonable attorney fees for
defending any frivolous claims. Qualified immunity and a defendant's
good faith but erroneous belief in the lawfulness of his or her conduct are
not defenses to the civil action. The bill requires a political subdivision
of the state to indemnify its employees for such a claim.
The bill allows a peace officer or detention facility guard to use
deadly physical force only when necessary to effect an arrest or prevent
escape from custody when the person is using a deadly weapon or likely
to imminently cause danger to life or serious bodily injury. The bill
repeals a peace officer's authority to use a chokehold.
The bill requires the P.O.S.T. board to create and maintain a
database containing information related to a peace officer's:
  • Untruthfulness;
  • Repeated failure to follow P.O.S.T. board training
requirements;
  • Decertification; and
  • Termination for cause.
The bill allows the P.O.S.T. board to revoke peace officer
certification for a peace officer who has failed to complete required peace
officer training.
The bill requires a peace officer to have an objective justification
for making a stop. After making a stop, a peace officer shall report to the
peace officer's employing agency that information that the agency is
required to report to the attorney general's office.
The bill requires the division of criminal justice in the department
of public safety to conduct, in coordination with the P.O.S.T. board, a
post-investigation evaluation of all officer-involved deaths to determine
and propose improvements and alterations to training of peace officers to
guide future officer behavior.

Custom Summary
Comment
Category
Position
VotesVotes all Legislators
StatusGovernor Signed (06/19/2020)

Bill: SB20-SCR001
Title: Repeal Property Tax Assessment Rates
Senate CommitteeFinance
History 
CCW Summary

Concerning a moratorium on changing a ratio of valuation for assessment for any class of property for property taxation that is contingent on the repeal of related constitutional provisions.

Intro Date06/01/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/31/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
LobbyistsLobbyists
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Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
- Local Government
House CommitteeAppropriations
Senate SponsorsJ. Tate (R)
C. Hansen (D)
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
M. Soper (R)
Official Summary

Property tax in Colorado is generally equal to the actual value of
property multiplied by an assessment rate, and the resulting assessed
value is multiplied by each applicable local government's mill levy. The
assessment rate for residential real property is established by the general
assembly in accordance with a provision of the state constitution that is
commonly known as the Gallagher Amendment and is limited by
section 20 of article X of the state constitution (TABOR). Under the
Gallagher Amendment, there are 2 important classes of property for the
purposes of determining the residential assessment rate: residential
property and nonresidential property. The assessment rate for most
nonresidential property is fixed in the state constitution at 29%. The
residential assessment rate was initially set at 21%, but the rate has been
adjusted prior to each 2-year reassessment cycle to keep the percentage
of aggregate statewide assessed value attributable to residential property
the same as it was in the year immediately preceding the new
reassessment cycle. Currently, the residential assessment rate is 7.15%.
The concurrent resolution repeals the Gallagher Amendment so
that the general assembly will no longer be required to establish the
residential assessment rate based on the formula expressed in the
Gallagher Amendment. The resolution also repeals the reference to the
residential rate of 21%, which last applied in 1986, prior to the first
adjustment required by the Gallagher Amendment. Finally, the resolution
repeals the 29% assessment rate that applies for all nonresidential
property, excluding producing mines and lands or leaseholds producing
oil or gas.

Custom Summary
Comment
Category
Position
VotesVotes all Legislators
StatusSigned by the President of the Senate (06/23/2020)
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