In the past few weeks, Governor Hickenlooper has continued his efforts to sign bills into law. So far this legislative session, he has signed 278 bills into law.
Governor Hickenlooper traveled to Ft. Collins on May 22, 2012, to sign the following bill:
- HB 12-1326 – Concerning Assistance to the Elderly, and, In Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation.
Sponsored by Rep. Cindy Acree and Sen. John Kefalas. The bill encourages the State Board of Health Services to raise the monhly Old Age Pension amount and also allows seniors with partial Medicaid eligibility to receive dental assistance and transfers funds to the Senior Services Account.
Governor Hickenlooper signed 29 bills into law on Thursday, May 24, 2012, including one that encourages Colorado’s use of clean energy alternatives. Five of the bills signed that day are summarized here.
- HB 12-1315 – Concerning the Reorganization of the Governor’s Energy Office and, In Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation.
Sponsored by Rep. Jon Becker and Sen. Pat Steadman. The bill reorganizes and renames the Governor’s Energy Office and changes its statutory mission. The bill intends to promote clean and renewable energy.
- HB 12-1346 – Concerning Sex Offender Registration.
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Gardner and Sen. Steve King. The bill establishes requirements for sex offender registration for individuals who do not have a fixed residence.
- HB 12-1328 – Concerning Exclusion from the “Uniform Commercial Credit Code” of Certain Charges by Persons Regularly Engaged in Making Contracts for Purchase of Tangible Personal Property in the Course of Business if Those Charges Do Not Exceed Amounts Permitted by Law.
Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Priola and Sen. Angela Giron. The bill clarifies the appication of the pawnbroker exclusion to the UCCC.
- HB 12-1307 – Concerning the Authority of a Nonlawyer Trustee of a Certain Size Trust to Represent the Trust Before the Board of Assessment Appeals.
Sponsored by Rep. Jim Kerr and Sen. Ellen Roberts. The bill authorizes a nonlawyer trustee to represent its trust before the Board of Assessment Appeals if the total size if the trust is less than $3 million.
- SB 12-009 – Concerning the Consolidation of Cash Funds Administered by the Division of Water Resources, and, In Connection Therewith, Making and Reducing Appropriations.
Sponsored by Sen. Mary Hodge and Rep. Keith Swerdfeger. The bill creates the water resources cash fund, as recommended by the Water Resources Review Committee, and consolidates it into six branches.
On Tuesday, May 29, 2012, Governor Hickenlooper signed 14 bills into law. Four of them are summarized here.
- SB 12-078 – Concerning Protections for At-Risk Adults.
Sponsored by Sen. Evie Hudak and Rep. Sue Schafer. The bill clarifies definitions and modifies requirements regarding the mistreatment, self-neglect, and exploitation of at-risk adults.
- HB 12-1237 – Concerning the Records Kept by Unit Owners’ Association of a Common Interest Community.
Sponsored by Rep. Angela Williams and Sen. Ted Harvey. The bill identifies a list of the records required to be kept by a unit owners’ association for a common interest community.
- HB 12-1263 – Concerning Reducing Barriers to Employment by State of Colorado Agencies for People with Criminal Records.
Sponsored by Rep. Claire Levy and Sen. Pat Steadman. The bill prohibits state agencies from advertising in employment solicitations that people with criminal backgrounds may not apply, and prevents agencies from doing background checks unless a conditional offer has been given.
- HB 12-1293 – Concerning Modifications to Procedures that Govern Recall Elections.
Sponsored by Rep. Nancy Todd and Sen. Keith King. The bill makes various changes and clarifications to the rules governing recall elections.
On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, Governor Hickenlooper signed one bill into law.
- HB 12-1278 – Concerning the Authorization of a Study of the South Platte River Alluvial Aquifer, and, In Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation.
Sponsored by Rep. Randy Fischer and Sen. Scott Renfroe. The bill requires the CWCB in connection with the State Engineer and the Colorado Water Institute to conduct a study to compile historical hydrological data for the South Platte River Basin.
Finally, on Monday, June 4, 2012, Governor Hickenlooper signed 17 bills into law. Four of them are summarized here.
- HB 12-1261 – Concerning Effective Educators in Low-Performing, High-Needs Schools, and, In Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation.
Sponsored by Rep. Judy Solano and Sen. Bob Bacon. The bill requires that teachers and principals holding certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards be awarded a stipend.
- SB 12-068 – Concerning Prohibiting the Inclusion of Industrially Produced Trans Fats in Foods Made Available to Students by Public Schools, and, In Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation.
Sponsored by Sen. Lucia Guzman and Rep. Tom Massey. The bill prohibits public schools from making available foods or beverages that contain industrially produced trans fats. The bill requires districts with 1,000 or more students to comply and encourages districts with fewer than 1,000 students to comply.
- HB 12-1099 – Concerning the Establishment of an Industrial Hemp Remediation Pilot Program to Study Phytoremediation Through the Growth of Hemp on Contaminated Soil, and, In Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation.
Sponsored by Rep. Wes McKinley and Sens. Lois Tochtrop and Suzanne Williams. The bill allows the Industrial Hemp Remediation Pilot Program to study how contaminated soils and water can be purified by the growth of industrial hemp.
- HB 12-1314 – Concerning an Exception to the Requirement to File an Oil and Gas Severance Tax Return for a Person Who Has Less Than a Certain Amount Withheld, and, In Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation.
Sponsored by Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg and Sen. Cheri Jahn. The bill creates an exception from filing oil and gas severance tax returns and prohibits the DOR from sending non-filing taxpayers notices of liability unless certain requirements are met.
For a complete list of Governor Hickenlooper’s 2012 legislative decisions, please click here.