February 19, 2018

First Bill of 2018 Legislative Session Signed on Thursday

On Thursday, January 18, 2018, the governor signed into law the first bill of the 2018 Legislative Session. SB 18-027, “Concerning the Enactment of the ‘Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact’, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation,” sponsored by Sens. Nancy Todd & Jim Smallwood and Reps. Hugh McKean & Tracy Kraft-Tharp, makes several changes to the former “Nurse Licensure Compact.” These changes include providing authority to each party state licensing board to obtain and submit criminal background checks for multistate nurse licensure candidates; allowing the Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators to adopt rules related to the compact; and specifying the procedure for states to enter, withdraw from, or amend the compact. The full text of the bill is available here.

SB 14-153: Authorizing Per Diem Payments and Expense Reimbursement for General Assembly Members Who Serve on State Entities

On March 7, 2014, Sen. Rollie Heath and Rep. Brian DelGrosso introduced SB 14-153 – Concerning Compensation of Members of the General Assembly Appointed to and Serving on State Entities. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill establishes uniform payments of per diem and the reimbursement of expenses to current members of the general assembly who are appointed to serve on state entities created or authorized by statute on which members of the general assembly are statutorily required to be appointed to serve. When the general assembly is in session and legislative member s attend meetings of a state entity to which they are appointed, legislative members will only receive the per diem lodging and expense allowances and travel expenses that they receive as legislative members. When the general assembly is not in session or is in recess for more than three days and legislative members attend meetings of a state entity to which they are appointed, legislative members will receive the same per diem and travel and subsistence expenses received by legislative members for necessary attendance at meetings or functions or to legislative matters during the legislative recess or interim.

The bill is assigned to the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee.