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Archives for January 15, 2013

HB 13-1008: Extending Veterans’ Hiring Preference to Spouse of Veteran if Veteran Unable to Work Due to Service-Connected Disability

On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, Rep. Su Ryden introduced HB 13-1008 – Concerning the Extension of the Veterans’ Preference in State Hiring to the Spouse of a Veteran if the Veteran Is Unable to Work Due to a Military Service-Connected DisabilityThis summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The state constitution currently a veterans’ preference in state hiring (preference). If a numerical method is used for the comparative analysis of candidates, an applicant entitled to preference will have a specified number of points added to his or her score. If a non-numerical method is used, an applicant entitled to preference will be added to the interview eligible list. The surviving spouse of a veteran who would have been entitled to preference is also eligible for preference.

The bill extends the veterans’ preference to the spouse of a veteran who is eligible for preference but has a military service-connected disability and is unable to work. If a numerical method is used for the comparative analysis of candidates, five points shall be added to the comparative analysis score of the candidate. If a non-numerical method is used the candidate is added to the interview eligible list.

In keeping with the constitutional provisions regarding preference, a candidate is not eligible to receive preference with respect to a promotional opportunity. Assigned to the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee.

HB 13-1004: Establishment of Career Pathways Program to Provide Grants to Eligible Entities Such As Approved Workforce Training Programs

On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, Rep. Crisanta Duran and Sen. Andy Kerr introduced HB 13-1004 – Concerning the Colorado Careers Act of 2013. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill establishes the career pathways program (program) in the division of employment and training (division) in the department of labor and employment. The program provides grants to eligible entities to enable individuals to acquire skills necessary to obtain or improve their employability. The bill establishes a career pathways fund and directs the division to submit an annual report to specified committees of the general assembly. The program is repealed on Jan. 31, 2016, unless the director of the division sends notice to the revisor of statues that the program has proven effective through significant job placement.

Current law authorizes enhanced unemployment insurance benefits to a claimant who is engaged in an approved training program. The bill expands the definition of “approved training program” to include an approved workforce training program provided by a nonprofit entity.

Current law requires the department of higher education (department) to produce a report on workforce needs and credential production. The bill includes local workforce investment boards in the description of entities with whom the department should consult to prepare the report.

The bill also requires the department to produce a report on the employment status of persons who have graduated from Colorado public institutions of higher education within each of the previous five years.

The bill requires the office of economic development to prepare a report on workforce needs to attract, develop, and retain businesses in Colorado and to forward the report to specified departments and committees of the general assembly. Assigned to the Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development Committee.

HB 13-1003: Creation of Economic Gardening Pilot Project to Provide Strategic Assistance to Some Colorado Companies

On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, Rep. Pete Lee introduced HB 13-1003 – Concerning the Creation of an Economic Gardening Pilot Project in the Colorado Office of Economic Development. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill creates an economic gardening pilot project in the Colorado office of economic development (office). Through the pilot project, staff members of the office and small business development centers (SBDCs) who have been trained and certified in economic gardening principles and practices provide 12 months of strategic assistance to at least 20 Colorado-headquartered second-stage companies and SBDC clients selected by the state director of SBDCs in the office.

The state director reports annually on the results of the pilot project to the general assembly, and the pilot project terminates in 2016. Assigned to the Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development Committee.

HB 13-1002: Requiring the Colorado Office of Economic Development to Spend Money on Small Business Development Centers

On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, Rep. Max Tyler and Sen. Cheri Jahn introduced HB 13-1002 – Concerning Moneys for Small Business Development Centers. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill requires the Colorado office of economic development (office) to expend $500,000 in each of the 2013–14 and 2014–15 state fiscal years for small business development centers (SBDCs). Appropriations made for this purpose are declared to be in addition to any other moneys the office receives. The state director of SBDCs in the office shall expend between 10 and 15 percent of these moneys per year to increase awareness of SBDCs, and shall equitably apportion the remainder for distribution to SBDCs across the state.

If separate legislation is enacted to establish an economic gardening initiative, $200,000 of the $500,000 will be used for the economic gardening initiative.

The office is required to report to the general assembly regarding the disbursement and the measurable results of the use of those moneys. Assigned to the Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development Committee.

HB 13-1001: Creation of the Advanced Industries Acceleration Grant Program in the Office of Economic Development

On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, Reps. Dave Young and Sen. Rollie Heath introduced HB 13-1001 – Concerning an Advanced Industry Grant Program, and, In Connection Therewith, Enacting the “Advanced Industries Acceleration Act”; Adding Representatives from Advanced Industries to the Economic Development Commission; Repealing the Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program and the Clean Technology Evaluation Grant Program; and Creating the Colorado Advanced Industries Acceleration Cash Fund To Be Used to Provide Proof-of-Concept Grants, Early-Stage Capital and Retention Grants, and Infrastructure Funding Grants. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill creates the advanced industries acceleration grant program (program) in the Colorado office of economic development (office). The following industries are defined to be advanced industries: advanced manufacturing, aerospace, bioscience, electronics, energy and natural resources, infrastructure engineering, and information technology.

The program includes the following types of grants:

  • A proof-of-concept grant for an advanced industry research project to an eligible office of technology transfer;
  • An early-stage capital and retention grant to an eligible company for the purpose of accelerating the commercialization of advanced industry products or services to be manufactured or performed in the state; and
  • An infrastructure grant for an advanced industry project that builds or utilizes infrastructure to support or enhance the commercialization of advanced industry products or services or that contributes to the development of an advanced industry workforce.

Each type of grant has its own eligibility requirements, preferences, and maximum grant amounts. If an applicant qualifies for a preference, the maximum grant amounts do not apply. All grant applicants are required to identify the anticipated number of jobs created or retained in the state, capital invested or attracted in the state, and any other economic impacts that may result from the grant. The program absorbs the bioscience discovery evaluation grant program and the clean technology discovery evaluation grant program, which are both repealed in the bill. Assigned to the Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development Committee.