April 23, 2014

HB 14-1322: Making Changes to Colorado Probate Code Regarding Control and Distribution of Assets

On March 18, 2014, Rep. Mike McLaughlin and Sen. Ellen Roberts introduced HB 14-1322 - Concerning the Colorado Probate Code. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill repeals and reenacts, with amendments, certain provisions relating to the elective-share of a surviving spouse.

A specific devisee has a right to specifically devised property in a testator’s estate at death and, in the absence of other statutorily described property and moneys, a general pecuniary devise equal to the value, as of its date of disposition, of other specifically devised property disposed of during the testator’s lifetime, but only to the extent it is established that ademption would be inconsistent with the testator’s manifested plan of distribution or that the testator did not intend ademption of the devise.

To be effective to nominate a personal representative, a will must be declared valid by an order of informal probate by the registrar or by the court.

Under current law, a successor of a decedent may collect from another person any debts owed to the decedent and any personal property belonging to the decedent if the fair market value of the property owned by the decedent at the time of his or her death does not exceed $60,000. Under the bill, this amount may not exceed twice the value of property that the decedent’s surviving spouse is entitled to exempt from the estate, as adjusted for cost of living.

An instrument or other property that is payable or deliverable to a decedent or to the estate of a decedent is considered property of the decedent. A successor of the decedent or a person acting on behalf of a successor may endorse an instrument that is so payable and collect such amount.

The duties owed to a successor by a person acting on behalf of the successor in the making, presentation, or other use of an affidavit to collect personal property of a decedent are the same as the duties of an agent to the agent’s principal. The breach of this duty is subject to the same remedies as are available under the law with respect to an agent.

If a proof of right is established in a proceeding, any person to whom an affidavit was delivered and who refused, without reasonable cause, to pay, deliver, transfer, or issue any personal property or evidence thereof shall be liable for all costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, incurred by or on behalf of the persons entitled thereto.

A provision in a trust specifying a method to revoke or amend the trust does not make the specified method exclusive unless the method is referred to as the “sole”, “exclusive”, or “only” method of revoking or amending the trust or the provision includes similar language manifesting the settlor’s intent that the trust may not be revoked or amended by any other method.

The bill sets forth certain duties and powers of trustees and trust advisors.

This bill is CBA sponsored and was developed by the Trusts and Estates Section of the Bar Association.

The bill passed out of the House on April 14. It is assigned to the Judiciary Committee; a committee hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m.

HB 14-1321: Modifying the Interagency Task Force on Drunk Driving and Changing Its Name

On March 14, 2014, Rep. Dave Young and Sen. Steve King introduced HB 14-1321 - Concerning the Membership of the Colorado Task Force on Drunk and Impaired DrivingThis summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The interagency task force on drunk driving was established by law in 2006. The bill changes the name of the task force to the Colorado task force on drunk and impaired driving. The bill also removes the director of the division of behavioral health in the department of human services from the board and requires the executive director of the department of human services to appoint 2 experts in substance abuse education and treatment. The bill also designates the chairperson of the peace officers standards and training board, or the chairperson’s designee, as a member of the task force. Finally, the bill requires the executive director of the department of transportation to select a representative of the retail marijuana industry to serve on the task force.

The bill passed out of the House on April 8. In the Senate, the bill was approved by the Judiciary Committee on April 8 and then passed 2nd Reading, with amendments, on April 17.

Since this summary, the bill passed 3rd Reading in the Senate with no further amendments.

HB 14-1315: Enacting Model Legislation from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners

On March 10, 2014, Rep. Bob Gardner and Sen. Mark Scheffel introduced HB 14-1315 - Concerning the Enactment of Certain Model Acts Adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and, in Connection Therewith, Enacting the Credit for Reinsurance Model Act and the Portion of the Insurer Receivership Model Act that Governs Netting AgreementsThis summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill enacts the credit for reinsurance model act adopted by the national association of insurance commissioners (NAIC), pursuant to which the commissioner of insurance will determine whether and to what extent to give credit to an insurance company’s ceding of some of its risks to another insurance company in evaluating the ceding insurance company’s financial fitness.

The bill enacts section 711 of the insurer receivership model act adopted by the NAIC, which specifies the conditions under which insurance companies may offset their obligations to each other when an insurance company becomes insolvent.

On April 1, the bill passed out of the House. The bill is assigned to the Business, Labor, & Technology Committee in the Senate.

e-Legislative Report: April 21, 2014

CBA Legislative Policy Committee

For followers who are new to CBA legislative activity, the Legislative Policy Committee (“LPC”) is the CBA’s legislative policy making arm during the legislative session. The LPC meets weekly during the legislative session to determine CBA positions from requests from the various sections and committees of the Bar Association.

Friday, April 18
The LPC did not meet on Friday, April 18, 2014.

At the Capitol—Week of April 14

A scorecard of the committee and floor work follows.

In the House

Monday, April 14

Passed on 3rd reading.

  • HB 14-1269. Concerning the circumstances under which a person who sells items subject to sales tax must collect such sales tax on behalf of the state. Vote:  36 yes, 26 no, and 3 excused.
  • HB 14-1279. Concerning the creation of a state income tax credit to reimburse a business for personal property taxes paid in the state, and, in connection therewith, reducing an appropriation. Vote:  60 yes, 2, no, and 3 excused.
  • HB 14-1036. Concerning drunk driving offenses, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  56 yes, 6 no, and 3 excused.
  • HB 14-1144. Concerning measures to improve the performance of district attorneys, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  58 yes, 4 no, and 3 excused.
  • HB 14-1162. Concerning protection of the victim of a sexual assault in cases where a child was conceived as a result of the sexual assault, and, in connection therewith, making legislative changes in response to the study by and the report of the recommendations from the task force on children conceived through rape. Vote: 62 yes, 0 no, and 3 excused.
  • HB 14-1333. Concerning the funding of Colorado water conservation board projects, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. Vote: 61 yes, 1 no, and 3 excused.
  • HB 14-1344. Concerning the use of electronic means to document transactions related to the business of insurance. Vote:  60 yes, 2 no, and 3 excused.
  • HB 14-1322. Concerning the Colorado probate code. Vote:  62 yes, 0 no, and 3 excused. CBA sponsored legislation.
  • HB 14-1205. Concerning the veterans assistance grant program. Vote:  51 yes, 11 no, and 3 excused.
  • HB 14-1349. Concerning the creation of an exemption from property taxes for qualifying business entities controlled by nonprofit organizations that are formed for the purpose of qualifying for federal tax credits. Vote:  58 yes, 4, no and 3 excused.
  • SB 14-163. Concerning clarifying changes to provisions related to the sentencing of persons convicted of drug crimes. Vote:  62 yes, 0 no, and 3 excused.
  • SB 14-160. Concerning removing limitations on a transitional living program for a person with a brain injury. Vote:  56 yes, 6 no, and 3 excused.
  • HB 14-1323. Concerning restrictions on the ability of a government entity to access an individual’s personal medical information. Vote: 62 yes, 0 no, and 3 excused.
  • HB 14-1214. Concerning an increase in the penalties for certain offenses committed against an emergency medical service provider, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. Vote 51 yes, 11 no, and 3 excused.
  • HB 14-1296. Concerning the enforcement of prohibitions against designer drugs by the division of liquor enforcement within the department of revenue. Vote:  55 yes, 7 no, and 3 excused.

Tuesday

Passed 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1012. Concerning income tax credits that promote investment in Colorado advanced industries, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  41 yes, 20 no and 4 excused.
  • HB 14-1023. Concerning the provision of social workers to juveniles, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  37 yes, 24 no, and 4 excused.
  • HB 14-1032. Concerning the provision of defense counsel to juvenile offenders, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  40 yes, 22 no, and 3 excused.
  • HB 14-1093. Concerning the establishment of the creative district community loan fund, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  39 yes, 24 no and 2 excused.
  • HB 14-1096. Concerning an underfunded courthouse facilities grant program, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  38 yes, 25 no, and 2 excused.
  • HB 14-1101. Concerning a partial business personal property tax exemption for community solar gardens. Vote:  38 yes, 25 no, and 2 excused.
  • HB 14-1124. Concerning in-state tuition classification for American Indians from tribes with historical ties to Colorado, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  39 yes, 25 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1303. Concerning the receipt of public testimony from remote locations around the state by legislative committees, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  64 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1326. Concerning tax incentives for alternative fuel trucks, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. Vote:  48 yes, 15, no and 2 excused.
  • SB 14-156. Concerning a requirement that a public benefit corporation file an annual report. Vote:  40 yes, 24 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1347. Concerning statutorily established time periods that are multiples of seven days. 64 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.

Wednesday

Passed on 3rd reading.

  • HB 14-1037. Concerning enforcement of laws against designer drugs, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  63 yes, 0 no, and 2 excused.

Thursday

Passed 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1015. Concerning an extension of the transitional jobs program, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  39 yes and 26 no.
  • HB 14-1297. Concerning an analysis to determine whether oil and gas operations have an impact on human health along the front range, and in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  38 yes and 27 no.
  • SB 14-158. Concerning the harmonization of statutory recall election provisions with the recall provisions in the state constitution to reflect the manner in which contemporary elections are conducted, and, in connection therewith, aligning circulator regulation and petition requirements with initiative and referendum circulator and petition requirements. Vote:  37 yes and 28 no.
  • HB 14-1335. Concerning campaign contribution limits that are applicable to candidate committees for candidates who are not affiliated with a major political party. Vote:  60 yes and 5 no.

Friday, April 11

The House did not meet on Friday, April 18.

In the Senate

Scorecard

Monday

  • SB 14-13. Concerning resources received by a recipient of an old age pension, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  34 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1130. Concerning the disposition of moneys charged to borrowers for costs to be paid in connection with foreclosure. Vote:  34 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1295. Concerning residential mortgage foreclosures, and, in connection therewith, requiring a single point of contact and prohibiting dual tracking. Vote:  27 yes, 7 no and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1312. Concerning efforts to reduce the number of foreclosures in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, continuing the foreclosure deferment program. Vote:  24 yes, 10 no, and 1 excused.
  • SB 14-152. Concerning the standardization of financial transaction requirements applicable to insurers. Vote:  34 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • SB 14-64. Concerning restricting the use of long-term isolated confinement for inmates with serious mental illness, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  34 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • SB 14-8. Concerning the creation of the wildfire information and resource center in the division of fire prevention and control in the department of public safety, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  32 yes, 2 no and 1 excused.

Tuesday

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1291. Concerning authorizing a charter school to employ a school security officer by contract to carry a concealed handgun if the person has a valid concealed carry permit. Vote:  34 yes and 1 no.
  • HB 14-1302. Concerning the addition of a judgment against a debtor or transferee who acts with actual intent as an available remedy for a creditor in a fraudulent transfer action. Vote:  35 yes and 0 no.
  • SB 14-179. Concerning the creation of a flood debris cleanup grant account to facilitate watershed cleanup efforts in areas affected by the September 2013 flood, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. Vote:  34 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • SB 14-151. Concerning the use of moneys derived from civil penalties imposed on nursing facilities to fund innovations in nursing home care, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. Vote:  35 yes and 0 no.
  • SB 14-130. Concerning an increase to the personal needs allowance for persons in nursing care facilities, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  35 yes and 0 no.
  • SB 14-75. Concerning the registration of motor vehicles for members of the United States armed forces who are deployed outside the United States, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  35 yes and 0 no.
  • SB 14-88. Concerning the creation of the suicide prevention commission, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  22 yes and 13 no.

Wednesday

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • SB 14-173. Concerning the recommendation that certain persons be offered a test for the hepatitis C virus. Vote:  27 yes and 8 no.
  • HB 14-1123. Concerning implementation of recommendations of the committee on legal services in connection with legislative review of rules and regulations of state agencies. Vote:  33 yes and 2 no.
  • HB 14-1017. Concerning measures to expand the availability of affordable housing in the state, and, in connection therewith, making modifications to statutory provisions establishing the housing investment trust fund, the housing development grant fund, and the low-income housing tax credit. Vote:  19 yes and 16 no.
  • SB 14-174. Concerning the creation of the prosecution fellowship program. Vote:  26 yes and 9 no.
  • SB 14-166. Concerning the development of mobile application software in the Colorado office of economic development that users may access to identify local businesses, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  27 yes and 8 no.
  • SB 14-157. Concerning the commission of a report by the department of military and veterans affairs that examines the comprehensive value of United States military activities centered in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  34 yes and 1 no.
  • SB 14-87. Concerning issuance of identification cards to people who are lawfully present in the United States but may have difficulty with certain documentary evidence, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  32 yes and 3 no.
  • SB 14-2. Concerning transferring the safe2tell program to the department of law, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  35 yes and 0 no.
  • SB 14-73. Concerning the state income tax credit for the environmental remediation of contaminated land in the state, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  32 yes, 2 no.

Thursday, April 10

  • SB 14-133. Concerning the regulation of private investigators by the department of regulatory agencies, and, in connection therewith, making appropriations. Vote:  18 yes and 17 no.
  • SB 14-5. Concerning alternative administrative remedies for the processing of certain wage claims, and, in connection therewith, amending the provisions for written notices of a wage claim, and in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote:  21 yes and 14 no.

Friday, April 11

The Senate did not meet on Friday, April 18.

Stay tuned for 10 Bills of Interest.

 

Budget Bills, HOA Transfer Fee Bill, and More Signed by Governor

Governor Hickenlooper signed nine more bills into law last Friday, bringing the total of signed bills up to 147 with two vetoed bills. The nine signed on April 18, 2014, are summarized here.

  • HB 14-1057Concerning the Colorado Fraud Investigators Unit, by Rep. Clarice Navarro and Sen. Steve King. The bill increases the fraud investigation surcharge on Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) filings with the Secretary of State from $3 to $4 per filing, effective July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2017.
  • HB 14-1100Concerning the Use of Title Documents to Give Notice of Characteristics of Motor Vehicles that Affect a Vehicle’s Value, and, In Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation, by Reps. Spencer Swalm & Dan Pabon and Sen. Kevin Grantham. The bill requires that a branding be placed on the title of a motor vehicle if the vehicle meets certain criteria, such as if the vehicle is non-repairable, was constructed from two or more vehicles, is junk, and so on.
  • HB 14-1141Concerning the Confidentiality of Social Security Numbers Under Statutes Protecting the Privacy of Individuals, by Rep. Don Coram and Sen. Ellen Roberts. The bill amends a statute within the Colorado Consumer Protection Act to provide that an organization may not require disclosure of an individual’s SSN in order for that individual to serve on the organization’s board of directors.
  • HB 14-1186Concerning the Release of Medical Records to a Person Other Than the Patient, and, In Connection Therewith, Setting Reasonable Fees to be Paid for the Release of the Medical Records, by Rep. Sue Schafer and Sen. Irene Aguilar. The bill requires health care facilities and providers to release medical records to anyone with a valid authorization or subpoena, and sets reasonable costs for copying the medical records.
  • HB 14-1254Concerning a Requirement to Disclose Fees Charged to a Unit Owners’ Association by a Community Association Manager, by Rep. Jeanne Labuda and Sen. David Balmer. The bill requires a licensed community association manager who provides services to an HOA to fully disclose all fees and costs that will be charged to the HOA or unit owners.
  • HB 14-1282Concerning the Specification of What Materials May Be Provided in a Language Other Than English by an Insurer to a Customer, by Rep. Dan Pabon and Sen. Lois Tochtrop. The bill specifies that an insurer providing materials to a customer in a language other than English need only supply copies in English of the insurance policies, endorsements, and riders.
  • HB 14-1308Concerning Procedures for a Department to Vary an Appropriation, by Rep. Cheri Gerou and Sen. Pat Steadman. The bill, a Joint Budget Committee bill, allows agencies to overexpend appropriations or transfer funds between agencies to cover certain costs in certain situations.
  • HB 14-1340Concerning the State Toxicology Laboratory, and, In Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation, by Rep. Cheri Gerou and Sen. Kent Lambert. The bill, a Joint Budget Committee bill, requires the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to operate a State Toxicology Laboratory on or before July 1, 2015 in order to assist local law enforcement authorities in their enforcement of DUI laws.
  • HB 14-1341Concerning a Transfer of Moneys from the State General Fund to the Department of State Cash Fund for the Purpose of Repaying a Prior Transfer, by Rep. Jenise May and Sen. Pat Steadman. The bill, a Joint Budget Committee bill, requires the state treasurer to make a one-time transfer of general fund moneys to the Department of State cash fund in order to repay moneys borrowed during the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

Governor Hickenlooper plans to sign HB 14-1337Concerning an Increase in the General Fund Reserve, a Joint Budget Committee bill, today, April 21, 2014, at a press conference.

For a list of Governor Hickenlooper’s legislative decisions, click here.

SB 14-182: Revising Requirements for Minutes and Recording of Meetings of Boards of Education of School Districts While in Executive Session

On April 4, 2014, Sen. Mary Hodge introduced SB 14-182 – Concerning Procedures Governing Discussions by Boards of Education of School Districts while Meeting in Executive Session. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

Under current law, the minutes of a meeting of a local public body during which an executive session is held are required to reflect the topic of the discussion at the executive session. In the case of a meeting of a local board of education (board) during which an executive session is held, the bill additionally requires the minutes to reflect the amount of time each topic was discussed while the board was meeting in executive session. The bill requires the minutes along with the amount of time each topic was discussed to be posted on the web site of the board not later than 10 business days following the meeting at which the minutes are approved by the board. If the board of education does not maintain a web site, the minutes must be published in the same manner as the board regularly provides public notice. The bill requires the board to comply with all other requirements pertaining to the holding of a meeting in executive session.

The bill further requires the record of an executive session of a board that is electronically recorded, including the actual electronic recording, to be retained for at least 24 months after the date of the executive session.

The bill is assigned to the Education Committee; the bill is scheduled for committee review on Wednesday, April 16 “Upon Adjournment.”

SB 14-181: Prohibiting the Use of Automated Vehicle Identification Systems for Traffic Law Enforcement

On April 4, 2014, Sen. Scott Renfroe introduced SB 14-181 – Concerning the Elimination of the Use of Automated Vehicle Identification Systems for Traffic Law Enforcement. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill repeals the authorization for the state, a county, a city and county, or a municipality to use automated vehicle identification systems to identify violators of traffic regulations and issue citations based on photographic evidence, and creates a prohibition on such activity.

The bill repeals the authorization for the department of safety to use an automated vehicle identification system to detect speeding violations within a highway maintenance, repair, or construction zone.

The bill is assigned to the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee; the bill is scheduled for committee review on Monday, April 14 at 1:30 p.m.

Since this summary, the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee referred the bill, amended, to the Senate Committee of the Whole.

SB 14-179: Creating a Flood Debris Cleanup Grant Account to Aid Watershed Cleanup Following September 2013 Flood

On April 1, 2014, Sen. Jeanne Nicholson introduced SB 14-179 – Concerning the Creation of a Flood Debris Cleanup Grant Account to Facilitate Watershed Cleanup Efforts in Areas Affected by the September 2013 Flood, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

In response to the September 2013 flood, as introduced, the bill creates a flood debris cleanup grant account in the flood and drought response fund for the purpose of allowing the Colorado water conservation board to make grants to help pay the costs of watershed cleanup in areas affected by the flood. The bill makes a statutory appropriation of $5,000,000 to the board for implementation of the grant program. The appropriation and the special account are both subject to automatic repeal on July 1, 2015.

On April 8, Local Government Committee amended the bill and sent it to the Appropriations Committee; on Friday, April 11, the Appropriations Committee amended the bill and sent it to the Senate 2nd Reading Consent calendar.

Since this summary, the bill passed the Senate on Second and Third Readings, with amendments on Second Reading. The bill was introduced in the House and assigned to the Local Government Committee.

SB 14-178: Defining “Drug-Endangered Child” for Purposes of Child Abuse or Neglect in the Criminal Code

On April 1, 2014, Sen. Andy Kerr introduced SB 14-178 – Concerning the Definition of a Drug-Endangered Child for Purposes of Cases of Child Abuse or Neglect in the Criminal Code. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill establishes a definition, as formulated by the state substance abuse trend and response task force, for a ”drug-endangered child” for purposes of cases of child abuse or neglect in the criminal code. The bill creates the crime of child abuse for a person who is responsible for creating a situation or unreasonably permitting a child to be placed in a situation in which a child is drug-endangered and establishes penalties.

On April 9, the Senate Judiciary Committee took testimony and delayed action on the bill for a later date.

Since this summary, the Senate Judiciary Committee referred the bill, amended, to the Senate Committee of the Whole.

SB 14-177: Defining “Drug-Endangered Child” for Purposes of Child Abuse or Neglect in the Children’s Code

On April 1, 2014, Sen. Andy Kerr introduced SB 14-177 – Concerning the Definition of a Drug-Endangered Child for Purposes of Cases of Child Abuse or Neglect in the Children’s Code. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill establishes a definition for a “drug-endangered child” for purposes of cases of child abuse or neglect in the children’s code.

On April 9, the Senate Judiciary Committee took testimony and delayed action on the bill for a later date.

Since this summary, the Senate Judiciary Committee referred the bill, amended, to the Senate Committee of the Whole.

HB 14-1312: Extending the Foreclosure Deferment Program Until September 1, 2015

On March 10, 2014, Rep. Angela Williams and Sen. Jessie Ulibarri introduced HB 14-1312 - Concerning Efforts to Reduce the Number of Foreclosures in Colorado and, in Connection Therewith, Continuing the Foreclosure Deferment Program. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill continues the existing foreclosure deferment program, which is scheduled to expire in 2014, until 2015.

The bill passed out of the House on March 15. The bill has moved through the Senate having passed the Judiciary Committee on April 7 and the full Senate on 2nd Reading on April 10.

Since this summary, the bill passed both 2nd and 3rd Reading in the Senate with no amendments.

HB 14-1303: Allowing Legislative Committees to Take Remote Testimony Using Conferencing Technology

On March 4, 2014, Reps. Ray Scott & Mark Ferrandino and Sen. Gail Schwartz introduced HB 14-1303 - Concerning the Receipt of Public Testimony from Remote Locations Around the State by Legislative Committees, and, In Connection Therewith, Making and Reducing Appropriations. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill vests the executive committee of the legislative council with the power and duty to consider, recommend, and establish policies regarding legislative committees taking public testimony from remote locations around the state.

The bill has been approved by the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs and Appropriations Committees; the bill is now before the full House for consideration on 2nd Reading.

Since this summary, the bill passed 2nd Reading in the House with amendments, passed 3rd Reading unamended, and was introduced in the Senate and assigned to the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee.