On February 6, 2012, Rep. Mark Barker and Sen. Irene Aguilar introduced HB 12-1226 – Concerning a Surcharge on Persons Convicted of Crimes Against At-Risk Persons, and, In Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.
The bill imposes a surcharge on persons convicted of crimes against at-risk adults and at-risk juveniles. Once collected, the surcharge is transferred to the crimes against at-risk persons surcharge fund. The state office on aging shall distribute moneys from the fund to a fiscal agent who will oversee the award of moneys to programs that provide respite services for caregivers of at-risk adults or at-risk juveniles. Programs receiving moneys from the fund must comply with provisions concerning the use of funds and reporting requirements.
The court is permitted to waive some or the entire surcharge if the person convicted of the crime is indigent or unable to pay the surcharge. The surcharge applies to offenses committed on or after July 1, 2012. The bill passed 2nd Reading on Friday, March 9.
Since this summary, the bill passed the Third Reading in the House.
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