Governor John Hickenlooper has signed over 260 bills into law this legislative session. Most recently, he signed the Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act, a bill regarding expunging juvenile delinquency records, a bill to promote conservation related to water use determinations, and several other bills.
The governor signed 12 bills on Friday, May 17, 2013, and Saturday, May 18, 2013. Four of the bills signed on the 17th and 18th are summarized here.
- HB 13-1204 - Concerning the “Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act”, by Rep. Bob Gardner and Sen. Jessie Ulibarri. The bill adopts the Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act as recommended by the Colorado Commission on Uniform State Laws. The bill generally standardizes and provides guidance to the courts for consideration of marital and premarital agreements.
- HB 13-1082 - Concerning Juvenile Delinquency Records, by Rep. Jeanne Labuda and Sen. Pat Steadman. The bill clarifies the procedure for petitioning the court to request expungement of juvenile delinquency records, including correct timing and who is allowed to initiate expungement proceedings.
- SB 13-019 - Concerning the Promotion of Water Conservation Measures, by Sen. Gail Schwartz and Rep. Randy Fischer. The bill restricts a water judge in water divisions 4, 5, or 6 from determining a water user’s historical consumptive use based on reductions for specific conservation purposes.
- SB 13-269 - Concerning the Creation of a Grant Program to Assist with Efforts to Reduce the Risk of Catastrophic Wildfires to Forested Lands in Colorado, by Sens. Jeanne Nicholson and Ellen Roberts and Reps. Don Coram and Mike McLachlan. The bill creates a Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Fund to be administered by the Department of Natural Resources. The bill tasks the DNR with establishing application requirements, making reports, and monitoring projects, and sets a goal of reducing hazardous forest fuels in the wildlife-urban interface.
Governor Hickenlooper also signed one bill on May 22, 2013. This bill was SB 13-213 - Concerning the Financing of Public Schools and Creating the “Public School Finance Act,” by Sens. Mike Johnston and Rollie Heath and Rep. Millie Hamner. The bill is contingent on the passage of an as-yet unspecified statewide ballot measure increasing state revenue for K-12 education. It changes the way that students are counted for school funding, and also changes the formula for which districts receive funding. It also allows new funding per pupil, which amount will change depending on the revenue generated by the ballot measure. The bill provides supplemental funding to at-risk and charter schools. The funding laid out in the bill would require about $1.12 billion in state tax revenue from the ballot measure.
For a complete list of Governor Hickenlooper’s 2013 legislative decisions, click here.