Governor Hickenlooper has continued to sign legislation into law over the past several days and weeks. He has signed 155 bills into law so far this legislative session.
Fourteen bills were signed on Friday, April 13, 2012. Five of them are highlighted below:
- HB 12-1323: Concerning the Associate County Judge for Montrose County.
Sponsored by Rep. Don Coram and Sen. Ellen Roberts. This bill changes the residency requirements for the associate county judge for Montrose County. The judge must now reside within Montrose County and maintain chambers within the boundaries of the Southwestern Water Conservation District.
- SB 12-022: Concerning Maintaining Child Care Assistance for Working Families.
Sponsored by Sen. Suzanne Williams and Rep. Tom Massey. The bill creates a pilot program in the Department of Human Services to allow a county to continue providing public benefits to a family that has recently exceeded the income limits for the program and requires the family to pay an increasing portion of the costs for the program.
- SB 12-092: Concerning the Use of a Video Display in a Motor Vehicle That is Being Operated on a Roadway.
Sponsored by Sen. Cheri Jahn and Rep. Larry Liston. The bill allows the use of video displays anywhere in a moving vehicle as long as the display is not visible to the driver.
- SB 12-095: Concerning Requirements for the Valid Transfer of Title to a Motor Vehicle.
Sponsored by Sen. Kevin Lundberg and Rep. Mark Barker. The bill clarifies that title applicants possessing a notarized bill of sale (within two years) and a certified vehicle identification number inspection document may obtain title, regardless of the age of the vehicle.
- SB 12-131: Concerning the Responsibilities of a Fiduciary with Regard to the Estate of a Person Who May Have Executed a Designated Beneficiary Agreement.
Sponsored by Sen. Lucia Guzman and Rep. Dan Pabon. The bill relieves the Personal Representative (PR) of an estate from liability for distributing the estate contrary to the wishes of the decedent regarding an executed Designated Beneficiary Agreement (DBA), if the PR had no actual knowledge of the executed DBA after searching every county in which the PR knew the decedent lived for the three years prior to death.
Governor Hickenlooper signed eight bills on Monday, April 16, 2012. Three of them are highlighted below.
- SB 12-057: Concerning Native American Language Instruction.
Sponsored by Sen. Suzanne Williams and Rep. J. Paul Brown. The bill allows certified instructors to teach Native American language and culture in schools, as long as the instructor is certified in the language he or she is teaching.
- SB 12-091: Concerning Modifications to Provisions Governing the Practice of Nursing Home Administration, and, in Connection Therewith, Modifying the Criteria for Nursing Home Administrators to Qualify to Serve on the Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administratore, Modifying the Experience Requirements for Persons Applying to Take the Nursing Home Administrator Licensure Examination or to Participate in the Administrator-in-Training Program, and Permitting a Nursing Home Administrator who has Passed a National Examination and an Examination in Another State to Sit for the Colorado Licensure Examination.
Sponsored by Sen. Lois Tochtrop and Rep. Laura Bradford. The bill makes changes to the Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators and the licensing process for Nursing Home Administrators.
- HB 12-1009: Concerning a Report Related to the Federal Moneys Received By the Executive Branch.
Sponsored by Rep. Cheri Gerou and Sen. Kent Lambert. The bill requires certain information to be added to the annual Report of Federal Assistance for all state agencies in order to increase transparency in government.
On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, the Governor journeyed to the newly renamed Metropolitan State University of Denver in order to ceremoniously sign two bills into law, both of which are highlighted below.
- SB 12-045: Concerning Granting Associate Degrees to Students who Transfer from a Two-Year Institution.
Sponsored by Sens. Evie Hudak and Keith King and Reps. Tom Massey and Rhonda Fields. The bill specifies that students who meet certain requirements may be eligible for associate degrees from two-year institutions.
- SB 12-148: Concerning Changing the Name of Metropolitan State College of Denver to Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Sponsored by Sen. Lucia Guzman and Rep. Crisanta Duran. The bill changes the name of Metropolitan State College of Denver to Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Governor Hickenlooper also ceremoniously signed a bill in Colorado Springs on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at the Colorado Space Industry Luncheon. The bill is summarized here.
- SB 12-035: Concerning Limited Liability for Spaceflight Activities.
Sponsored by Sen. Mary Hodge and Rep. Bob Gardner. The bill creates a statutory limitation of liability for FAA-licensed entities who conduct spaceflight activities.
On Friday, April 20, 2012, Governor Hickenlooper signed two bills relating to direct filing (charging juveniles as adults for criminal acts) and electronic recycling. These two bills are summarized below.
- HB 12-1271: Concerning Charging Juveniles by Direct File of Information or Indictment in District Court.
Sponsored by Reps. B.J. Nikkel and Beth McCann and Sens. Angela Giron and Tim Neville. The bill raises the minimum age for direct filing from 14 to 16, and limits the offenses for which a juvenile may be tried as an adult.
- SB 12-133: Concerning the Diversion of Electronic Devices from Landfills.
Sponsored by Sen. Gail Schwartz and Rep. Don Coram. The bill prohibits landfill disposal for certain electronic devices, excepting residents of counties that do not have at least two electronic waste recycling events per year.
Finally, on Monday, April 23, 2012, Governor Hickenlooper signed three more bills into law, which are summarized below.
- HB 12-1228: Concerning Criminal Background Checks for Neighborhood Youth Organizations Seeking to Obtain a License.
Sponsored by Rep. Brian DelGrosso and Sen. Pat Steadman. The bill changes the requirements for background checks for employees and volunteers of a neighborhood youth organization, but continues to mandate that any person found to have been convicted of felony child abuse or any felony involving unlawful sexual behavior be prohibited from working at a neighborhood youth organization.
- HB 12-1318: Concerning the Development of Guidelines Regarding the Eligibility of Controlled Maintenance Funding for State Facilities.
Sponsored by Rep. J. Paul Brown and Sen. Gail Schwartz. The bill codifies existing practice regarding controlled maintenance funding.
- SB 12-067: Concerning Requirements Pertaining to the Corporate Status of Charter Schools.
Sponsored by Sen. Evie Hudak and Rep. Chris Holbert. The bill requires that all Colorado charter schools be organized as nonprofit corporations and prohibits a board of a charter school from authorizing a charter with a for-profit entity.
- SB 12-127: Concerning the Participation of Providers of Long-Term Care in Medicaid Care Coordination Programs.
Sponsored by Sen. Linda Newell and Rep. Ken Summers. The bill requires the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to allow long-term care providers to participate if it develops a program of health homes for persons with chronic conditions.
A complete list of Governor Hickenlooper’s 2012 legislative decisions is available here.