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Bill: HB15-1065
Title: Regulatory Reform Act Of 2015
Official Summary

The bill enacts the Regulatory Reform Act of 2015. Section 2
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 of 100 or fewer employees where
the violation is minor in nature, involving record-keeping and issues that
do not affect the safety of the public or workers. Section 2 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 of the bill 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.

House SponsorsB. DelGrosso (R)
Senate SponsorsT. Neville (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/30/2015)

Bill: HB15-1076
Title: Prohibit Discrimination Labor Union Participation
Official Summary

The bill prohibits an employer from requiring any person, as a
condition of employment, to become or remain a member of a labor
organization or to pay dues, fees, or other assessments to a labor
organization or to a charity organization or other third party in lieu of the
labor organization. Any agreement that violates these prohibitions or the
rights of an employee is void.

House SponsorsJ. Everett (R)
Senate SponsorsT. Neville (R)
L. Woods (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/04/2015)

Bill: HB15-1132
Title: Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit
Official Summary

The bill creates a residential energy reduction income tax credit for
the income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2015, but prior
to January 1, 2020, for any resident individual who makes qualified
improvements to their home that result in improved energy efficiency,
measured in millions of British thermal units (MMBTU). In order to
claim the credit, a resident individual must seek a credit certificate from
the Colorado energy office (office) and must also obtain a
pre-improvement residential energy efficiency audit from a certified home
energy rater. After the improvements are made, a post-improvement
inspection must be conducted that establishes the net residential energy
reduction as compared to the pre-improvement residential energy
efficiency audit. For a qualified residence, the tax credit is equal to:
  • $1,000 for a residential energy reduction of 30 or more but
less than 45 MMBTU;
  • $1,500 for a residential energy reduction of 45 or more but
less than 60 MMBTU; or
  • $2,000 for a residential energy reduction of 60 or more
MMBTU.
The bill also specifies that the office has the authority to reduce the
amount of the tax credit by an amount less than or equal to any available
residential energy efficiency utility rebates or other such incentives
available through the office, and requires the office to post guidelines on
its web site to explain how this reduction will occur.
The bill also allows the office to reduce a tax credit, after an
accounting of the cost of the qualified improvements, if the costs are not
sufficient to justify a full tax credit, notwithstanding the MMBTU
residential energy reduction for the qualified residence. The bill requires
the office to post guidelines on its web site to explain how a tax credit
could be reduced dependent on the cost of the qualified improvements.
The tax credit is nonrefundable, but it is allowed to be carried
forward as an offset to future tax liability for a period of 5 years.

House SponsorsD. Coram (R)
K. Becker (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Hodge (D)
N. Todd (D)
R. Scott (R)
House CommitteeTransportation & Energy
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (04/28/2015)

Bill: HB15-1133
Title: Continue Colorado Pay Equity Commission
Official Summary

The Colorado pay equity commission was created in 2010 to
address issues relating to pay equity in the work place. The commission
is scheduled to repeal on July 1, 2015.
The bill extends the commission indefinitely and requires the
commission, among its other duties, to monitor the status of pay inequity
in the state. Additionally, if the commission receives sufficient gifts,
grants, or donations, the commission is authorized to hire or contract with
one full-time equivalent employee or contractor to assist the commission
in performing its functions.

House SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ulibarri (D)
House CommitteeBusiness, Affairs & Labor
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/06/2015)

Bill: HB15-1139
Title: Review State Rules Reduce Burden On Small Business
Official Summary

The State Administrative Procedure Act (APA) currently defines
a small business as a business with fewer than 500 employees. The bill
redefines small business, for purposes of the APA, to mean a business
entity, including its affiliates, that:
  • Is independently owned and operated and employs fewer
than 500 employees; or
  • Has gross annual sales of less than $6 million.
The existing provision in the APA on forming representative
groups to give input on proposed rules is amended to require any agency
proposing rules that are likely to have an impact on small businesses to
invite and actively solicit representatives of small businesses to
participate in the representative group and in the rule-making hearing for
the rules.
The executive director of each of the principal departments of the
state shall designate a person who is a member of the existing staff to
serve as an ombudsman for that particular principal department. The bill
outlines the role of the person serving as an ombudsman.
The bill requires a state agency (agency) to prepare an economic
impact statement before adopting any rule that may adversely impact a
small business. The economic impact statement must include:
  • An identification and estimate of the number of small
businesses subject to the proposed rule;
  • The projected reporting, record-keeping, and other
administrative costs required for compliance with the
proposed rule, including the type of professional skills
necessary for preparation of the report or record;
  • A statement of the probable effect on the impacted small
businesses; and
  • A description of any less intrusive or less costly alternative
methods of achieving the purpose of the proposed rule.
Prior to adopting rules, an agency is required to prepare a
regulatory flexibility analysis in which the agency considers using
regulatory methods that will accomplish the objectives of applicable
statutes while minimizing adverse impact on small businesses. The
agency shall consider methods to reduce the impact on small businesses,
such as:
  • Establishing less stringent compliance or reporting
requirements;
  • Establishing less stringent schedules or deadlines for
compliance or reporting;
  • Consolidating or simplifying compliance or reporting
requirements;
  • Establishing different performance standards; and
  • Exemptions for small businesses.
Prior to adopting a rule that may have an adverse impact on small
businesses, the agency is required to notify the office of policy, research,
and regulatory reforms in the department of regulatory agencies of its
intent to adopt the proposed rule. The office of policy, research, and
regulatory reforms shall advise and assist agencies in complying with this
statutory requirement.
A small business that is adversely affected or aggrieved by any
final agency action taken by an agency in adopting a rule that impacts a
small business is entitled to judicial review of agency compliance with the
regulatory flexibility analysis requirements. A small business is adversely
affected or aggrieved if the agency fails to analyze the proposed rules
using the regulatory flexibility analysis criteria.
The bill amends the existing statute on the mandatory review
conducted by the agencies of their existing rules to add that each agency
must evaluate:
  • Whether the agency's rule has an economic impact on small
businesses, whether the rule minimizes economic impact
on small businesses in a manner consistent with the stated
objectives of applicable statutes, and whether less intrusive
or less costly alternative methods could be used to achieve
those objectives; and
  • Whether regulatory flexibility methods could be used to
reduce the impact of the rule on small businesses, including
consideration of the criteria that the agency uses in
preparing a regulatory flexibility analysis of proposed rules.
The bill creates a schedule for the legislative review of all existing
rules by the principal departments of the state to determine whether the
rules conflict with statute or are no longer authorized by statute or
whether the agency lacks statutory authority for those rules. The office of
legislative legal services and the committee on legal services will conduct
such review and will introduce separate legislation for each principal
department that repeals any rules that are found to conflict with statute or
that lack statutory authority.
After the passage of a bill repealing the rules of an agency
pursuant to this legislative review process, the office of legislative legal
services will inform the secretary of state of any rules that were repealed
as the result of the passage of a bill. The secretary of state is required to
remove any expired rules from the code of Colorado regulations (CCR)
and to include notations in the CCR regarding any rules removed from the
CCR as a result of this review process.

House SponsorsT. Carver (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/09/2015)

Bill: HB15-1172
Title: Repeal Punitive Damages Employment Discrimination
Official Summary

Under federal law, which applies to employers with 15 or more
employees, a plaintiff who proves his or her employer has engaged in
intentional discrimination may receive an award of compensatory and
punitive damages. In the 2013 legislative session, the general assembly
enacted legislation enabling plaintiffs in employment discrimination cases
filed under state law, which applies to all employers regardless of size
and which permits certain employment discrimination claims not
currently allowed under federal law, to seek an award of compensatory
and punitive damages.
The bill eliminates the ability of a plaintiff filing an employment
discrimination claim under state law to obtain a punitive damage award.

House SponsorsB. DelGrosso (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (02/19/2015)

Bill: HB15-1197
Title: Indemnity In Public Construction Contracts
Official Summary

Currently, public entities in construction-related contracts are
prohibited from being indemnified for the public entity's own negligence.
The bill clarifies this provision by specifying that:
  • It also applies to a design contract and to an obligation to
pay for the defense of the public entity;
  • The contractor's obligation is limited to the amount of
negligence attributable to the contractor and its agents,
representatives, subcontractors, and suppliers; and
  • The obligation only arises when the amount of its liability
for the losses of the third party are adjudicated.

House SponsorsJ. Tate (R)
Senate SponsorsC. Jahn (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusGovernor Signed (04/10/2015)

Bill: HB15-1231
Title: Enhanced Unemployment Compensation Benefits
Official Summary

The bill reenacts the implementation of enhanced unemployment
insurance compensation benefits for eligible unemployment insurance
claimants that expired in accordance with a self-repealer clause in 2014.
Enhanced unemployment insurance compensation benefits are available
to claimants who are enrolled and making satisfactory progress in an
approved training program that will train them for a high-demand
occupation, a more stable occupation, or a long-term occupation. An
approved training program includes vocational training, a registered
apprenticeship, or an entrepreneurial training program. The availability
of the enhanced unemployment insurance compensation benefits will
expire in accordance with a self-repealer clause on July 1, 2018.

House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
D. Esgar (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Merrifield (D)
L. Crowder (R)
House CommitteeBusiness, Affairs & Labor
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/27/2015)

Bill: HB15-1236
Title: Tax Credit For Improving Energy Efficiency
Official Summary

The bill creates income tax credits for a limited number of years
for:
  • An owner of an existing multi-family home if the owner
makes energy efficiency improvements to the multi-family
home that result in at least a 20% reduction in energy
consumption;
  • An owner of a new multi-family home or multi-family
home undergoing major renovation, or an owner of a new
commercial building or commercial building undergoing
major renovation, if the building achieves at least a
specified percentage of energy savings relative to energy
consumption and either achieves LEED or green globes
certification for the construction or renovation; and
  • An owner, or multiple owners prorated according to
ownership shares, of a new affordable housing project or
affordable housing project undergoing major renovation, if
the building achieves at least a specified percentage of
energy savings relative to energy consumption and meets
enterprise green community energy efficiency standards for
the construction or renovation.
The bill requires the owner to provide certain documentation to the
Colorado energy office and requires the Colorado energy office to issue
credit certificates to the owner for the tax credit.

House SponsorsF. Winter (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Martinez Humenik (R)
K. Donovan (D)
House CommitteeTransportation & Energy
Senate CommitteeFinance
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (05/01/2015)

Bill: HB15-1258
Title: FAMLI Insurance Program Wage Replacement
Official Summary

The bill creates the family and medical leave insurance (FAMLI)
program in the newly created division of family and medical leave
insurance (division) in the department of labor and employment
(department) to provide partial wage-replacement benefits to 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. Prior to implementing the
program, the department is to conduct an actuarial analysis to determine
the appropriate level of premiums and solvency surcharges, if necessary,
to ensure the soundness of the program.
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. 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).

House SponsorsF. Winter (D)
J. Salazar (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ulibarri (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments (08/31/2015)

Bill: HB15-1274
Title: Creation Of Career Pathways For Students
Official Summary

Based upon the model developed for creating the manufacturing
career pathway, the bill directs the state work force development council
(state council) to coordinate multiple agencies and industries in the design
of industry-driven career pathways for critical occupations in growing
industries. The state council will work with partners through the talent
pipeline work group to define critical occupations and growing industries
to determine which career pathways to design and in what order.
The bill includes the initial time frame for the development of
career pathways and specifies that the first 3 career pathways will be in
construction and related skilled trades, information technology, and health
care. At least one career pathway must be designed and ready for
implementation in the first year, and at least 2 career pathways must be
created annually in subsequent years. The career pathways must include
provisions that allow students to learn industry-related skills and obtain
employment in the industry sector, including internship and
apprenticeship opportunities, when relevant and available, as well as
advance to higher levels of employment or education. The state council
will provide outreach and training to agency partners and industries
related to advising students on the career pathways.
The bill requires the state board of community colleges and
occupational education to collaborate with the state council in the design
of the career pathways and to use the development model created for the
design of the manufacturing career pathway.
The bill requires information about the career pathway to be posted
on-line.

House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
A. Garnett (D)
Senate SponsorsA. Kerr (D)
L. Woods (R)
House CommitteeBusiness, Affairs & Labor
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusGovernor Signed (05/18/2015)

Bill: HB15-1276
Title: Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment and Training
Official Summary

The bill creates the Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment, and
Key Training Act, also referred to as the WORK Act, which
establishes a matching grant program in the department of labor and
employment (department) to award matching grants to entities and
organizations that offer skilled worker training programs to assist in their
outreach, recruiting, and training efforts. The program is administered by
the department, and a 11-member grant review committee reviews and
makes recommendations to the executive directors of the departments of
labor and employment and higher education and the director of the office
of economic development, who jointly determine the recipients and
amounts of the grant awards. The grant review committee is to develop
criteria for ranking grant applicants, taking into consideration those
applicants that demonstrate partnerships with industry and that have the
best potential to:
  • Reach a broad audience through their recruitment and
outreach efforts;
  • Significantly increase enrollment in and completion of their
skilled worker training program; and
  • Fill existing needs for skilled workers in the market.
The program is created for 3 years, and the general assembly is to
appropriate a total of $10 million for the program.

House SponsorsD. Pabon (D)
A. Williams (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Cooke (R)
R. Heath (D)
House CommitteeBusiness, Affairs & Labor
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
StatusGovernor Signed (05/26/2015)

Bill: HB15-1295
Title: Electrical And Plumbing Inspections By CU
Official Summary

Current law authorizes the university of Colorado (CU) to conduct
electrical and plumbing inspections for its buildings on the Boulder
campus. The bill extends this authorization to the Denver campus and the
health sciences campus and to buildings on property owned by the
Boulder, Denver, or health sciences campuses but excludes contiguous
buildings at the Auraria higher education center.
Current law also requires CU or any local government to start or
cease inspections as of July 1 of any year and requires them to notify the
state electrical board or the state plumbing board of its intentions by
October 1 of the preceding calendar year. The bill allows CU to start its
inspections on July 1, 2015, without having given the required notice.

House SponsorsK. Priola (R)
J. Melton (D)
Senate SponsorsC. Holbert (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusGovernor Signed (04/24/2015)

Bill: HB15-1300
Title: Local Government Minimum Wage
Official Summary

The bill permits a unit of local government to enact laws with
respect to the minimum wage within its jurisdiction.

House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
D. Moreno (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Merrifield (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/15/2015)

Bill: HB15-1306
Title: Business Opportunity Study
Official Summary

In order to ascertain whether disparity exists between the
participation of historically underutilized businesses and other businesses
in the state procurement system, the bill directs the department of
personnel to contract for a disparity study of the Colorado procurement
process and to make recommendations to ameliorate any discrepancies
identified by the study.
The final report that includes the findings and recommendations
from the study must be provided to the members of the general assembly
and the executive director of the department of personnel (executive
director) no later than January 1, 2017. The bill directs the executive
director to transmit a copy of the final report to the minority business
office, which shall post the report on its official web site. In addition, the
executive director is required to include the findings and
recommendations from the study in the report to the applicable house and
senate committees of reference during its hearing pursuant to the State
Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART)
Government Act.
The executive director is required to develop a method to track the
number and percentage of all contracts entered into by state governmental
bodies subject to the study that are awarded during any calendar year to
a historically underutilized business. The executive director is also
required to make such information available on the department of
personnel's web site.
Any entity that is subject to the disparity study is required to
respond to a request for information in connection with the study as soon
as possible after receiving the request.

House SponsorsA. Williams (D)
J. Salazar (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Crowder (R)
L. Guzman (D)
House CommitteeBusiness, Affairs & Labor
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/01/2015)

Bill: HB15-1331
Title: Colorado Overtime Fairness For Employees Act
Official Summary

The bill limits the discretion of the director of the division of labor
(director) in creating an exemption to Colorado's regulatory overtime
requirements for employees that are administrative, executive, supervisor,
or professional. The bill sets a minimum salary requirement for the
director to apply the exemption equaling three times the Colorado
minimum wage. For example, at the current minimum wage of $8.23 per
hour, an employee that is an administrative, executive, supervisor, or
professional making less than a weekly salary of $987.60 ($8.23 x 40
hours x 3 = $987.60) could not be exempted from overtime by the
director's rules. Because the Colorado state minimum wage automatically
adjusts for inflation under the Colorado constitution, by linking the
minimum salary for the exemption to apply to minimum wage, that salary
will also adjust with inflation.

House SponsorsM. Tyler (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Merrifield (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Second Reading Laid Over to 06/01/2015 - No Amendments (04/27/2015)

Bill: HB15-1342
Title: Personnel File Right Of Inspection
Official Summary

The bill allows an employee or former employee to request that his
or her private-sector employer, except for a financial institution, permit
the employee or former employee to inspect or request copies of the
employee or former employee's personnel file within 30 days of a written
request. Employees or former employees are required to pay reasonable
costs of duplication. The bill specifies exceptions to the requirement. The
bill authorizes an employee or former employee to provide written
rebuttal information to the employer or former employer, requires
information to be added to the employee or former employee's personnel
file, and to accompany any transmittal or disclosure from the file made to
a third party. The bill provides remedies to an employee or former
employee if an employer or former employer fails to comply with the
requirements of the bill.

House SponsorsJ. Salazar (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Second Reading Laid Over to 05/11/2015 - No Amendments (04/23/2015)

Bill: HB15-1353
Title: Continue Regulation Elevator Conveyances
Official Summary

The regulation of conveyances and conveyance mechanics,
contractors, and inspectors is currently set to expire on July 1, 2017. The
bill extends the regulation to July 1, 2022.

House SponsorsA. Garnett (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Martinez Humenik (R)
House CommitteeBusiness, Affairs & Labor
Senate CommitteeLocal Government
StatusGovernor Signed (06/05/2015)

Bill: HB15-1375
Title: Ladder Safety
Official Summary

The bill requires a ladder to be secured if it is used on an unstable
or elevated surface. Construction workers must follow federal, state, and
local laws concerning ladders. Construction entities are encouraged to
establish safety training programs for job-site use of ladders, and
insurance providers are encouraged to implement programs that lower
insurance premiums for construction entities that establish training and
safety programs.

House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Crowder (R)
House CommitteeBusiness, Affairs & Labor
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Postpone Indefinitely (04/28/2015)

Bill: HB15-1383
Title: Modifications Low-income Housing Tax Credit
Official Summary

The bill makes the following modifications to the existing
Colorado low-income housing credit:
  • Extends from 2 years to 5 years, through the calendar year
ending December 31, 2019, the period during which the
Colorado housing and finance authority may allocate
low-income housing tax credits; and
  • Adds provisions enabling the transfer of such income tax
credits.

House SponsorsM. Tyler (D)
K. Becker (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ulibarri (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/04/2015)

Bill: HB15-1384
Title: Funding Affordable Housing
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill requires the state treasurer, for the 2015-16
state fiscal year and for the next 4 state fiscal years, to transmit 1/3 of the
available balance in the state's unclaimed property trust fund (unclaimed
property moneys) to the Colorado housing and finance authority
(authority) to be deposited by the authority into the affordable housing
assistance fund (fund) for the purposes of supporting new or existing
programs that:
  • Provide rental assistance to persons in low- or extremely
low-income households across the state to enable such
persons to obtain rental housing; and
  • Promote the construction, acquisition, or rehabilitation of
either rental housing for persons in low- or extremely
low-income households across the state or owner-occupied
housing for persons in low- or moderate-income
households across the state.
Section 2 of the bill authorizes the authority to accept the
unclaimed property trust fund moneys from the state treasurer, to deposit
such moneys into the fund, and to enter into an agreement with the
division of housing in the department of local affairs (division) whereby
the authority will partner with the division to most effectively administer
the moneys in the fund to support new or existing programs that will best
serve the purposes of the bill.
Section 3 of the bill creates the fund in the authority. This section
specifies the source of moneys to be deposited into the fund. All moneys
in the fund must be expended for the purpose of supporting new or
existing programs that provide rental assistance or promote the
construction, acquisition, or rehabilitation of either rental housing for
persons in low- or extremely low-income households or owner-occupied
housing for persons in low- or moderate-income households. These
programs are to be administered by the division pursuant to an
intergovernmental agreement with the authority. The bill specifies the
date by which the agreement is to be entered into and the contents of the
agreement. The fund provisions are repealed, effective July 1, 2023.
Section 4 of the bill specifies that the division is to administer all
new or existing programs supported by the fund. In administering such
programs, the division is required, with the approval of the state housing
board, to allocate such moneys to new or existing programs as it
determines in its sole administrative discretion will best satisfy the
purposes of the bill with restrictions placed on the yearly allocation for
rental assistance for persons in low- or extremely low-income households
and for the construction, acquisition, or rehabilitation of owner-occupied
housing for persons in low- or moderate-income households. The rental
assistance that the division may provide includes, without limitation, the
provision of rental assistance vouchers.

House SponsorsM. Tyler (D)
D. Esgar (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ulibarri (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/04/2015)

Bill: HB15-1385
Title: Review Process New Multi-family Attached Housing
Official Summary

The bill establishes a voluntary procedure for the external review
and validation of construction of new multi-family attached housing. The
external review is voluntary and is paid for by the builder. The external
review and validation is conducted by a trained independent contractor.
An external review and validation is audited by the division of
housing (division) in the department of local affairs.
The state board of housing promulgates rules for the validation of
external reviews conducted under the bill and for audits by the division.
The rules must contain design plan, foundation construction, and major
structural subsystems review and criteria for gold, silver, and bronze
levels of validation. The division maintains a registry of construction
defect complaints received by the division for multi-family attached
housing. Defects must be reported in good faith within a reasonable time
after the homeowner has discovered the defect. The bill requires a builder
of multi-family attached housing to disclose to a purchaser whether or not
the builder contracted to conduct external review and validation under the
bill and the results of the external review and validation.

House SponsorsM. Tyler (D)
T. Kraft-Tharp (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ulibarri (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Third Reading Laid Over to 06/21/2015 - No Amendments (05/04/2015)

Bill: HB15-HCR1001
Title: Colorado Constitution Minimum Wage
Official Summary

The concurrent resolution incrementally increases the statewide
minimum wage from the current amount of $8.23 to $12.50 from January
1, 2017, to January 1, 2020, as follows:
  • January 1, 2017 - $9.50
  • January 1, 2018 - $10.50
  • January 1, 2019 - $11.50
  • January 1, 2020 - $12.50

House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
D. Moreno (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Merrifield (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Third Reading Lost - No Amendments (03/31/2015)

Bill: SB15-031
Title: Reciprocity To Practice Occupation Or Profession
Official Summary

Current law allows a military spouse to practice an occupation or
profession during the person's first year of residence in Colorado if the
person is authorized to practice in another state, there is no basis to
disqualify the person from practice, and the person consents to the
jurisdiction of the disciplinary authority of the appropriate agency. The
bill expands this practice to all persons during their first year of residence
in Colorado.

House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsO. Hill (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
StatusSenate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely (01/28/2015)

Bill: SB15-069
Title: Repeal Job Protection Civil Rights Enforcement Act
Official Summary

In 2013, the general assembly enacted HB13-1136, the Job
Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act of 2013 (act), which
established compensatory and punitive damage remedies, as well as front
pay, for a person who proves that an employer engaged in a
discriminatory or unfair employment practice under state law. These
remedies were created in addition to equitable relief, such as back pay,
reinstatement, or hiring, that was already available to employment
discrimination victims. Additionally, the act:
  • Expanded age discrimination claims under state law to
persons 70 years of age or older;
  • Authorized the use of moneys in the risk management fund
to pay claims for compensatory damages against the state
or its officials or employees; and
  • Required the state civil rights commission to create a
volunteer working group to assist in education and outreach
efforts and provide the commission with information to
post on its web site regarding educational resources
available to employers to help them understand and comply
with antidiscrimination laws.
With the exception of the expansion of age-based discrimination
claims to individuals who are 70 years of age or older, the bill repeals all
components of the act and restores the equitable relief remedies that were
available to employment discrimination victims making claims under
state law prior to the passage of the act.

House SponsorsK. Priola (R)
Senate SponsorsL. Woods (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/20/2015)

Bill: SB15-078
Title: Business Fiscal Impacts Leg Measure & Exec Rules
Official Summary

The bill directs the staff of the legislative council (staff) to
designate a 5-day period following the introduction of new legislation or
the notice of proposed rule-making during which any person may submit
comments regarding the potential business fiscal impacts of the new
legislation or rule. Upon the expiration of that period, staff is required to
compile the comments into a notice of reported business fiscal impact and
to post each notice on its official web site. Staff is also required to
provide the appropriate department with the notice regarding a proposed
rule.

House SponsorsP. Neville (R)
Senate SponsorsT. Neville (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/01/2015)

Bill: SB15-091
Title: Reduce Statute Of Limitations Construction Defects
Official Summary

The bill reduces the maximum statutory limitation period for an
action against an architect, contractor, builder or builder vendor, engineer,
or inspector performing or furnishing the design, planning, supervision,
inspection, construction, or observation of construction of any
improvement to real property from 8 years to 4 years.

House SponsorsY. Willett (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Scott (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/22/2015)

Bill: SB15-101
Title: Electronic Wage Payment
Official Summary

The bill allows employers, at their discretion, to pay wages by
electronic credit transfer to an employee's account in a financial
institution or to deposit wages on a paycard if:
  • The employee has the option of electronic credit transfer to
a financial institution account in lieu of credit to a paycard;
  • The employee has 7 days after receiving notice of the
option to designate an account for electronic credit transfer;
  • The employer provides the employee with a written or
electronic explanation of any fees associated with both
electronic credit transfer and paycard;
  • The employer provides the employee with one withdrawal
either by check, automated teller machine withdrawal, or
electronic transfer per pay period with no fees;
  • The employer offers a program to the employee that does
not charge a monthly maintenance fee to use the prepaid
paycard; and
  • The employer allows the employee to always have the
option to be paid by electronic credit transfer in lieu of
credit to a paycard.

House SponsorsD. Pabon (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Balmer (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/18/2015)

Bill: SB15-107
Title: Classification Of Independent Contractors
Official Summary

Pursuant to the Colorado Employment Security Act, service
performed by an individual for another is deemed to be employment
irrespective of whether the common-law relationship of master and
servant exists, unless it is shown to the satisfaction of the division of
labor in the department of labor and employment (division) that the
individual is free from control and direction in the performance of the
service. The bill removes the requirement that freedom from control and
direction must be shown to the satisfaction of the division.

House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsR. Heath (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
StatusSenate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely (05/04/2015)

Bill: SB15-177
Title: HOA Construction Defect Lawsuit Approval Timelines
Official Summary

The bill states that when the governing documents of a common
interest community require mediation or arbitration of a construction
defect claim and the requirement is later amended or removed, mediation
or arbitration is still required for a construction defect claim. These
provisions are in section 2 of the bill. Section 2 also specifies that the
mediation or arbitration must take place in the judicial district in which
the community is located and that the arbitrator must:
  • Be a neutral third party;
  • Make certain disclosures before being selected; and
  • Be selected as specified in the common interest
community's governing documents or, if not so specified,
in accordance with the uniform arbitration act.
Section 1 adds definitions of key terms.
Section 3 requires that before a construction defect claim is filed
on behalf of the association:
  • The parties must submit the matter to mediation before a
neutral third party; and
  • The board must give advance notice to all unit owners,
together with a disclosure of the projected costs, duration,
and financial impact of the construction defect claim, and
must obtain the written consent of the owners of units to
which at least a majority of the votes in the association are
allocated.
Section 4 adds to the disclosures required prior to the purchase and
sale of property in a common interest community a notice that the
community's governing documents may require binding arbitration of
certain disputes.

House SponsorsB. DelGrosso (R)
J. Singer (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Scheffel (R)
J. Ulibarri (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/27/2015)

Bill: SB15-202
Title: Exclude Water Conditioning Appliance From Plumbing
Official Summary

The bill limits the inclusion of water conditioning appliances in the
definition of plumbing to only the installation of such systems that are
connected to potable water systems with a pipe that is greater than 2
inches nominal diameter and specifically excludes from that definition the
design, installation, and repair of such systems with a pipe that is 2 inches
or less nominal diameter. The bill also clarifies that a person does not
have to be registered as a plumbing contractor to subcontract with a
plumber if all plumbing performed pursuant to the person's contract is
performed by a licensed plumber.

House SponsorsD. Pabon (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Balmer (R)
House CommitteeLocal Government
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
StatusGovernor Signed (06/05/2015)

Bill: SB15-269
Title: Independent Contractor Unemployment Insurance
Official Summary

Currently, the Colorado Employment Security Act (unemployment
insurance) lists factors to be considered in determining whether an
individual is an employee or an independent contractor. The bill
establishes a bright-line test to make this determination, including:
  • Repealing the test of whether the individual is customarily
engaged in an independent trade;
  • Setting a numerical standard of 6 factors out of 11 to show
an independent contractor relationship;
  • Adding a factor of whether the individual has executed a
contract that says the individual is an independent
contractor;
  • Adding a factor of whether the individual is required to
perform the services at a place of business;
  • Clarifying the relationship between the factors and
compliance with state or federal law; and
  • Repealing the rebuttable presumption that an independent
contractor relationship exists if the parties have executed a
contract with certain disclosures.

House SponsorsD. Nordberg (R)
J. Brown (R)
Senate SponsorsE. Roberts (R)
House CommitteeLocal Government
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusHouse Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely (05/05/2015)

Bill: SB15-272
Title: Auth New Transportation Revenue Anticipation Notes
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. The final payments of principal and interest on
the TRANs will be made during fiscal year 2016-17, which will make
available for expenditure for transportation-related purposes only
revenues dedicated for transportation by federal law, the state
constitution, and state law that the state has been using to make principal
and interest payments on the TRANs.
The bill is a referred measure and only takes effect if the voters of
the state approve it at the November 3, 2015, statewide election. Subject
to that voter approval:
  • Section 2 of the bill authorizes the executive director to
issue additional TRANs in a maximum principal amount of
$3.5 billion and with a maximum repayment cost of $5.5
billion once the TRANs already issued are repaid in full.
The additional TRANs would have a maximum repayment
term of 20 years and would otherwise generally be issued
subject to the same requirements and for the same purposes
as the original TRANs.
  • Section 3 of the bill requires proceeds from the sale of any
additional TRANs that are not otherwise pledged for the
payment of the TRANs to be used only for specified
projects until such time as all of the projects have been
funded in whole or in part with such proceeds and have
been fully funded and specifies additional transportation
project contract award process requirements and limitations
for a project to be funded in whole or in part with proceeds
of additional TRANs.
Under current law, the state treasurer must transfer a percentage
of the total general fund revenues to the capital construction fund and the
highway users tax fund once a trigger based on economic growth occurs
(required transfers). The required transfers will be made for each state
fiscal year in a 5-year period, but the amount of the transfers for a state
fiscal year may be reduced or eliminated if the state has to refund excess
state revenues under the taxpayer's bill of rights. In general, if the refund
is greater than 1.5% but less than 3% of the total general fund revenues,
then the required transfers are halved, and if it is greater than 3%, then the
required transfers are eliminated altogether.
For each state fiscal year that the required transfers are reduced or
eliminated, section 4 of the bill adds on another year of transfers to the
capital construction fund and the highway users tax fund. Therefore, there
will be 5 fiscal years with the full statutory transfers to the funds,
regardless of the number of fiscal years that it takes to do so.
Section 5 of the bill specifies that if the voters of the state
authorize the issuance of additional TRANs, money transferred to the
state highway fund pursuant to statutory provisions enacted as part of
Senate Bill 09-228 may be used for general highway operations and
maintenance.

House SponsorsB. DelGrosso (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Baumgardner (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeTransportation
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/04/2015)

Bill: SB15-284
Title: Voter Approval TIF Payments Ag Land
Official Summary

In the case of any urban renewal plan (plan) covering an urban
renewal area that includes agricultural land, the bill prohibits the payment
of the tax increment authorized by the plan into the special fund of the
authority unless the plan has been approved at a regular election of the
municipality by a majority of the registered electors of the municipality.
The bill allows any registered elector of the municipality to file an
action in state district court to enforce its provisions.

House SponsorsE. Vigil (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
Senate SponsorsB. Cadman (R)
M. Scheffel (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over to 08/07/2015 - No Amendments (05/06/2015)

Bill: SB15-SCR003
Title: Colorado Constitution Minimum Wage
Official Summary

The concurrent resolution incrementally increases the statewide
minimum wage from the current amount of $8.23 to $12.50 from January
1, 2017, to January 1, 2020, as follows:
  • January 1, 2017 - $9.50;
  • January 1, 2018 - $10.50;
  • January 1, 2019 - $11.50;
  • January 1, 2020 - $12.50.

House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsM. Merrifield (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/27/2015)
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