Governor Hickenlooper continues to sign bills into law as they make it through the House and Senate. To date, he has signed 46 bills into law since January 31, 2013. Most recently, he signed 15 bills on March 8, 2013. Five of these bills are summarized here.
- HB 13-1008 - Concerning the Extension of the Veterans’ Preference in State Hiring to the Spouse of a Veteran if the Veteran Is Unable to Work Due to a Military Service-Connected Disability. By Rep. Su Ryden and Sen. Nancy Todd. The bill allows spouses of disabled veterans to be given hiring preference by state agencies.
- HB 13-1035 - Concerning an Increase in the Number of Judges in Certain Judicial Districts, and Making an Appropriation. By Rep. Millie Hamner and Sen. Gail Schwartz. The bill adds one judge to the Fifth and Ninth Judicial Districts.
- HB 13-1041 - Concerning the Procedures Governing the Transmission of Public Records that Are Copied in the Response to a Request for Inspection of Such Records Under the “Colorado Open Records Act.” By Rep. Brittany Pettersen and Sen. John Kefalas. The bill clarifies procedures for record transmission under the Colorado Open Records Act.
- HB 13-1051 - Concerning the Public Trustee for the City and County of Denver. By Rep. Dan Pabon and Sen. Lucia Guzman. The bill repeals the governor’s ability to appoint a public trustee for the City & County of Denver and aligns the statutes with the city’s home rule charter.
- HB 13-1113 - Concerning the Creation of a Pilot Alternate Property Tax Valuation Protest and Appeal Procedure for the City and County of Denver. By Rep. Lois Court and Sen. Michael Johnston. The bill authorizes the City & County of Denver to establish a pilot project for alternate property tax valuation appeals, if approved by the assessor and city council.
The governor also signed four bills on February 27, 2013, which are summarized here.
- HB 13-1014 - Concerning the Taking of Newspapers. By Rep. Claire Levy and Sen. Steve King. The bill moves the crime of taking newspapers from the “theft” section to the “offenses involving communication” section of the statutes.
- HB 13-1029 - Concerning the Use of Authority Verbs in the Colorado Revised Statutes. By Reps. Claire Levy and Bob Gardner and Sens. Ellen Roberts and Gail Schwartz. The bill redefines “shall” and “must” in the Colorado Revised Statutes, as recommended by the Committee on Legal Services.
- HB 13-1034 - Concerning the Wholesale Marketing of Farm Products and Authorizing Electronic Warehouse Receipts, Modifying Procedures for Letters of Credit and Surety Bonds, and Modifying Requirements for Credit Sale Contracts. By Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg and Sen. Angela Giron. The bill modifies several provisions of the Farm Products and Commodity Handler Acts and redefines “credit sale contract” for these purposes.
- HB 13-1076 - Concerning the P.O.S.T. Certification Status of a Director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. By Rep. Mike McLachlan and Sen. Steve King. The bill removes the requirement that the director of the CBI be certified by the P.O.S.T. board.
Prior to this, the governor signed 23 Joint Budget Committee bills and two other bills on February 19, 2013.
For a complete list of the governor’s legislative decisions to date, click here.