Governor Hickenlooper continues to sign legislation as it crosses his desk. To date, he has signed an impressive 240 pieces of legislation into law. He is expected to sign more bills in the coming days and weeks.
On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper signed five bills. They are summarized here.
- SB 13-220 - Concerning Adding Emergency Medical Service Providers to the List of Persons Who Must Report Possible Instances of Child Abuse, by Sen. Jeanne Nicholson and Rep. Rhonda Fields. The bill adds all emergency service providers, even volunteers, to the list of mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse and neglect.
- SB 13-231 - Concerning the Creation of the Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project, by the Joint Budget Committee. The bill addresses the Social Security Title IV-E waiver program for low-income children, and allocates funds to counties that participate in the waiver demonstration project.
- SB 13-255 - Concerning Child Fatality Review Teams and Increasing the Capacity and Resources, Clarifying the Responsibilities and Processes of State and Local Child Fatality Review Teams in the Departments of Public Health and Environment and Human Services, and Making an Appropriation, by Sens. John Kefalas and Linda Newell and Reps. Jenise May and Jonathan Singer. The bill requires local public health agencies to develop child fatality review teams by January 1, 2015, and to investigate fatalities of children aged 17 and under.
- HB 13-1259 - Concerning Court Orders in Civil Actions for Persons At Risk of Abuse or Neglect and Procedures for Allocating Parental Rights and Responsibilities in the Best Interests of the Child in Cases Involving Child Abuse and Neglect and Domestic Violence; Provisions Relating to Parenting Time Orders; Provisions Relating to Parenting Time Evaluations and Reports; Amending and Relocating Provisions Relating to Civil Protection Orders; and Making an Appropriation, by Rep. Beth McCann and Sen. Linda Newell. The bill changes procedures for allocation of parental rights and responsibilities in actions involving child abuse or domestic violence, and also changes many provisions regarding civil protection orders.
- HB 13-1271 - Concerning Methods to Respond to Initial Contacts to a Child Abuse Reporting Hotline System and Authorizing the State Board of Human Services to Adopt Rules Governing the Hotline System, Providing Consistent Practices in Response to Contacts and to Reports of Known or Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect, and Making an Appropriation, by Reps. Jonathan Singer and Jenise May and Sens. Linda Newell and Jeanne Nicholson. The bill requires the Department of Human Services to develop a steering committee to implement a statewide child abuse reporting hotline. The hotline is expected to be operational and publicized by January 1, 2015.
Governor Hickenlooper also signed 12 bills on Wednesday, May 15, and Thursday, May 16, 2013. Five of the bills are summarized here.
- SB 13-111 - Concerning Abuse of At-Risk Adults and Making an Appropriation, by Sen. Evie Hudak and Reps. Sue Schafer and Amy Stephens. The bill establishes a new class of protection by Adult Protective Services for “at-risk elders.” It also requires mandatory reporters to report suspected abuse of at-risk elders within 24 hours of discovering the abuse.
- SB 13-266 - Concerning a Request for Proposals Process to Create a Coordinated Behavioral Health Crisis Response System for Communities Throughout the State, by Sens. Irene Aguilar and Jeanne Nicholson and Reps. Tracy Kraft-Tharp and Dave Young. The bill directs the Department of Human Services to request proposals for the creation of a behavioral health crisis response system.
- HB 13-1044 - Concerning the Authorization of the Use of Graywater, by Rep. Randy Fischer and Sen. Gail Schwartz. The bill authorizes the Water Quality Control Commission to create standards for the use of graywater.
- HB 13-1138 - Concerning Benefit Corporations and Making an Appropriation, by Rep. Pete Lee and Sen. John Kefalas. The bill authorizes benefit corporations, and establishes requirements for companies to be created as or elect to be treated as public benefit corporations.
- HB 13-1296 - Concerning Civil Commitment Statutes and Creating the Civil Commitment Statute Review Task Force, Redefining Certain Terms Related to Civil Commitment, and Making an Appropriation, by Reps. Beth McCann and Tracy Kraft-Tharp and Sen. Linda Newell. The bill creates a task force to review the civil commitment statutes and prepare recommendations regarding consolidation of civil commitment statutes related to mental health, alcohol, and substance abuse disorders.
It’s not over yet—stay tuned for the latest legislative decisions by Governor Hickenlooper. For a complete list of the bills that have been signed this legislative session, click here.