Although the Colorado General Assembly adjourned sine die on May 8, 2013, bills continue to be signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper. To date, the governor has signed 231 bills. Some of the most recently signed bills are summarized below.
On Thursday, May 7, Governor Hickenlooper signed one bill — HB 13-1117 - Concerning Alignment of Child Development Programs, and, in Connection Therewith, Making and Reducing an Appropriation, by Rep. Millie Hamner and Sens. Mary Hodge and Andy Kerr. The bill consolidates several child development programs in the Department of Human Services and extends the Early Childhood Leadership Council, which was set to sunset on July 1, 2013.
Governor Hickenlooper signed 18 bills into law on Friday, May 10, 2013. Six of them are summarized here.
- SB 13-183 - Concerning Water Conservation Measures in Common Interest Communities, by Sen. Morgan Carroll and Rep. Rhonda Fields. The bill prohibits common interest communities from banning xeriscaping or drought-resistant landscaping, and renders unenforceable any such provisions in bylaws or other governing documents of common interest communities.
- SB 13-216 - Concerning Youthful Offenders Within the State Department of Corrections, by Sen. Angela Giron and Rep. Paul Rosenthal. The bill recreates a portion of law that expired October 1, 2012, pertaining to eligibility for the Youthful Offender System. It also mandates the DOC’s compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act for youthful offenders.
- HB 13-1058 - Concerning Guidelines for the Determination of Spousal Maintenance, by Rep. Beth McCann and Sen. Andy Kerr. The bill creates a system for determining spousal maintenance in dissolution of marriage, legal separation, or declaration of invalidity actions for marriages that lasted at least three years and in which the parties’ combined incomes are less than $240,000 per year.
- HB 13-1191 - Concerning Grants for Domestic Wastewater Treatment Plants to Comply with the Water Quality Control Commission’s Nutrient Management Control Regulation, by Rep. Randy Fischer and Sen. Gail Schwartz. The bill allows the Department of Public Health and Environment to make grants to wastewater treatment facilities to ensure compliance with recently-adopted nutrient management control regulations.
- HB 13-1200 - Concerning the “Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act”, by Rep. Bob Gardner and Sen. Ellen Roberts. The bill establishes the Uniformed Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act. The bill specifies provisions addressing custodial responsibility, caretaking, and decision-making for children of deployed service members.
- HB 13-1225 - Concerning Additional Protections for Homeowner’s Insurance Policyholders in Colorado and, in Connection Therewith, Enacting the “Homeowner’s Insurance Reform Act of 2013″, by Rep. Claire Levy and Sens. John Kefalas and Jeanne Nicholson. The bill institutes the “Homeowner’s Insurance Reform Act of 2013″ and creates several requirements for insurers and homeowners, primarily related to insurance for single-family, owner-occupied residences.
On Saturday, May 11, 2013, the governor signed 19 bills into law. Five of them are summarized here.
- SB 13-077 - Concerning Certain Provisions of the Colorado Probate Code, by Sen. Ellen Roberts and Rep. Dan Pabon. The “Probate Omnibus Bill” modifies provisions of the Colorado Probate Code related to testimony, personal representatives, and the roles and responsibilities of trustees.
- SB 13-119 - Concerning Clarification of the Requirement for a Certificate of Taxes Due in Connection with Title Insurance, by Sen. Matt Jones and Rep. Ray Scott. The bill clarifies that certificates of taxes due are only required for transfers of title to real property and not for refinance transactions. It also allows the Commissioner of Insurance to identify what documents may be substituted for certificates of taxes due when those certificates are unavailable.
- HB 13-1046 - Concerning Employer Access to Personal Information through Electronic Communication Devices, by Rep. Angela Williams and Sen. Jessie Ulibarri. The bill prohibits employers from requiring an employee to disclose username and password information from private, personal accounts of the employee on the employee’s electronic device.
- HB 13-1077 - Concerning a Driver’s Right to Challenge the Lawfulness of a Law Enforcement Officer’s Initial Contact in an Administrative Proceeding for Revocation of a Driver’s License, by Rep. Joe Salazar and Sen. Jessie Ulibarri. The bill allows drivers who are subject to revocation proceedings to challenge the lawfulness of the initial stop, and requires hearing officers to consider these challenges.
- HB 13-1134 - Concerning Unit Owners’ Associations Under the “Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act”, by Rep. Su Ryden and Sen. Morgan Carroll. The bill directs the Homeowners Association Information and Resource Center in the Division of Real Estate to compile a database of HOAs, coordinate educational reference materials, monitor federal rules and regulations, and conduct a study of other states’ HOA offices.
Finally, on Monday, May 13, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper signed 11 bills into law. Four of them are summarized here.
- SB 13-181 - Concerning the Funding of Colorado Water Conservation Board Projects, and Making Appropriations in Connection Therewith, by Sen. Gail Schwartz and Rep. Randy Fischer. The bill appropriates funding from the Colorado Water Conservation Board for certain water-related construction projects.
- SB 13-200 - Concerning an Increase in the Income Eligibility for Certain Optional Groups in the Medicaid Program to One Hundred Thirty-Three Percent of the Federal Poverty Line, and, in Connection Therewith, Making and Reducing an Appropriation, by Sen. Irene Aguilar and Rep. Mark Ferrandino. The bill brings Colorado’s Medicaid program in line with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 by expanding eligibility for Medicaid.
- HB 13-1163 - Concerning Payment for Medical Costs Associated with Obtaining a Medical Forensic Examination for Victims of Sexual Offenses, by Rep. Daniel Kagan and Sen. Irene Aguilar. The bill creates a fund for emergency payment of medical expenses for victims of sexual offenses who need additional time to determine if they will pursue legal action.
- HB 13-1287 - Concerning an Extension of the Income Tax Years for Which the Colorado Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit is Available, by Reps. Dianne Primavera and Brian DelGrosso and Sens. Mark Scheffel and Rollie Heath. The bill extends the Colorado job growth income tax credit for an additional five years.
For a complete list of Governor Hickenlooper’s 2013 legislative decisions, click here.