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Legislation: Ritter Signs Legislation Redux

With just days remaining for legislation approved by both the House and Senate to be signed into law, Gov. Bill Ritter continued to sharpen his penmanship skills in bill-signing ceremonies early this week in Lakewood, Cortez, Durango, Monte Vista, and Denver.

Notable among the legislation enacted by the governor in recent days are bills regulating Colorado’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry and protecting surgical patients from the actions of unregulated healthcare workers.

In Lakewood on Saturday, Ritter enacted HB 10-1414 (sponsored by Rep. Debbie Benefield, D-Aurora, and Sen. Joan Foster, D-Denver) and HB 10-1415 (sponsored by Rep. Sara Gagliardi, D-Arvada, and Senate Majority Leader John Morse, D-Colorado Springs), which are designed to protect surgical patients from technicians who reuse dirty needles and surgical equipment and to ensure that patients receive the painkillers and other narcotics prescribed to them by their physicians. The two bills are in response to recent cases involving a drug-addicted healthcare worker injecting himself with narcotics intended for surgical patients needing pain relief and management, and the transmission of Hepatitis C to patients when a surgical technician, a Hep-C carrier, infected patients with the disease by re-using her own dirty hypodermic needles on them. HB 10-1415’s sponsor, Rep. Gagliardi, remarked:

As a licensed practical nurse, I know how critical it is for health care workers to be regulated. Patients coming in for treatment should be able to trust the care they receive; curing one health problem should not expose you to another.

The governor also enacted three other bills at the signing ceremony:

  • SB 10-006 (sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Betty Boyd, D-Lakewood, and Rep. Ken Summers, R-Lakewood) waives the fee for certified birth or death certificates for certain applicants requiring the documents to present to a department of social services or heath services under certain circumstances.
  • HB 10-1119 (sponsored by Rep. Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, and Senate President Brandon Shaffer, D-Boulder) requires Colorado state agencies to present their annual strategic plans to the appropraite legislative committee, to increase governmental transparency.
  • HB 10-1336 (sponsored by Rep. Sue Schafer, D-Wheat Ridge, and Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton) creates a School Safety Resource Center Cash Fund.

Gov. Ritter was in southwest Colorado on Monday for bill signings in Cortez and Durango, during which he enacted:

  • SB 10-025 (sponsored by Sen. Bruce Whitehead, D-Hesperus, and Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs) renews a fund providing financial assistance to communities, water providers, and other parties for activities and projects related to water conservation.
  • SB 10-034 (sponsored by Sen. Bruce Whitehead, D-Hesperus, and Rep. Marsha Looper, R-Calhan) amends the state statute regarding the transfer of pesticides into refillable containers.
  • SB 10-198 (sponsored by Sens. Bruce Whitehead, D-Hesperus, and Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs; and Rep. Wes McKinley, D-Walsh) decreases the penalty for late registration of certain non-motorized trailers.
  • HB 10-1051 (sponsored by Rep. Jack Pommer, D-Boulder, and Sen. Bruce Whitehead, D-Hesperus) requires state water providers to make annual reports to the Colorado Water Conservation Board regarding water use and conservation, and to include certain elements in their water efficiency plans.
  • HB 10-1250 (sponsored by House Deputy Majority Whip Randy Fischer, D-Fort Collins, and Sen. Mary Hodge, D-Brighton) allocates $36 million for the state’s purchase of water in the Animas-La Plata Project and annually funds the Colorado Water Conservation Board.
  • HB 10-1398 (sponsored by House Deputy Majority Whip Randy Fischer, D-Fort Collins, and Sen. Bruce Whitehead, D-Hesperus) provides $8 million in annual funds for the Species Conservation Trust Fund to protect at-risk species.

Back in Denver, also on Monday, Gov. Ritter signed two high-profile bills regulating medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado: SB 10-109 (sponsored by Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver, and Senate Minority Whip Nancy Spence, R-Centennial; and Reps. Tom Massey, R-Poncha Springs, and Beth McCann, D-Denver), which regulates physicians authorized to prescribe medical marijuana; and HB 10-1284 (sponsored by Reps. Tom Massey, R-Poncha Springs and Ken Summers, R-Lakewood; and Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver, and Senate Minority Whip Nancy Spence, R-Centennial), which creates a regulatory framework for the distribution of pharmaceutical cannabis in Colorado. Also signed in Denver were:

  • SB 10-002 (sponsored by Sens. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, and Maryanne “Moe” Keller, D-Wheat Ridge; and Reps. Marsha Looper, R-Calhan, and Dianne Primavera, D-Broomfield) concerns the denial of insurance coverage and increasing Medicaid benefits to families in need.
  • SB 10-120 (sponsored by Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, and Rep. Joe Rice, D-Littleton) allocates funds for enhanced 911 emergency services by way of prepaid wireless telephone service fees.
  • SB 10-181 (sponsored by Sen. Ken Kester, R-Lamar, and Rep. Wes McKinley, D-Walsh) authorizes Colorado municipalities to lease the land they own.
  • SB 10-199 (sponsored by Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, and Rep. Lois Court, D-Denver) revises portions of the Colorado Probate Code.
  • SB 10-213 (sponsored by Senate President Brandon Shaffer, D-Boulder, and Rep. Paul Weissmann, D-Boulder) outlines changes in legislative committees that operate during interim periods.
  • HB 10-1005 (sponsored by Rep. Tom Massey, R-Poncha Springs, and Sen. Joan Foster, D-Denver) appropriates at-home telemedicine pursuant to the Colorado Medical Assistance Act.
  • HB 10-1033 (sponsored by Rep. Tom Massey, R-Poncha Springs; and Senate President Pro Tempore Betty Boyd, D-Lakewood, and Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Broomfield) makes certain appropriations for substance abuse treatment under Medicaid.
  • HB 10-1073 (sponsored by Rep. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, and Sen. Paula Sandoval, D-Denver) creates a voluntary donation checkoff on the state income tax form to fund the 2-1-1 First Call for Help program.
  • HB 10-1118 (sponsored by Rep. Jim Kerr, R-Littleton, and Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Arvada) concerns the regulation of distressed real property by a board of county commissioners.
  • HB 10-1125 (sponsored by Rep. Dickie Lee Hullinghorst, D-Boulder, and Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Broomfield) regulates the disposal of waste grease in commercial food preparation.
  • HB 10-1133 (sponsored by Rep. Tom Massey, R-Poncha Springs, and Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton) amends the Colorado Foreclosure Protection Act.
  • HB 10-1181 (sponsored by Rep. Nancy Todd, D-Aurora, and Sen. Bob Bacon, D-Fort Collins) adjusts appropriations to the Department of Personnel.
  • HB 10-1221 (sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Curry, U-Gunnison, and Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Broomfield) continues the river outfitter licensing program.
  • HB 10-1241 (sponsored by Rep. Edward Casso, D-Commerce City, and Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton) requires that people who work on fire suppression systems as sprinkler fitters be certified and regulated.
  • HB 10-1293 (sponsored by Rep. Tom Massey, R-Poncha Springs, and Sen. Bruce Whitehead, D-Hesperus) creates a task force to study property tax assessments for land slated for agricultural use.
  • HB 10-1329 (sponsored by Rep. Cherilyn Peniston, D-Westminster, and Senate President Pro Tempore Betty Boyd, D-Lakewood) instigates a user fee for each person disposing of solid waste at designated waste sites.
  • HB 10-1334 (sponsored by Rep. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, and Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver) updates the indecent exposure statutes.
  • HB 10-1362 (sponsored by Rep. Edward Vigil, D-Fort Garland, and  Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Broomfield) clarifies the inactive special district statutes.
  • HB 10-1383 (sponsored by Rep. Jack Pommer, D-Boulder, and Sen. Al White, R-Hayden) appropriates funds for financial aid for higher education programs.
  • HB 10-1388 (sponsored by Rep. Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, and Sen. Abel Tapia, D-Pueblo) augments the general fund through the transfer of certain moneys.
  • HB 10-1391 (sponsored by Rep. Joe Rice, D-Littleton, and Senate President Pro Tempore Betty Boyd, D-Lakewood) continues the InstaCheck program to prevent a person from buying a firearm if he or she has a criminal record, or has been charged with a crime or arrested for domestic violence.
  • HB 10-1395 (sponsored by Rep. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, and Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver) clarifies statutory language regarding interlocutory appeals in civil cases.
  • HB 10-1401 (sponsored by Rep. Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, and Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora) concerns the management of information technology in state agencies.
  • HB 10-1405 (sponsored by Reps. Glen Vaad, R-Mead, and Jack Pommer, D-Boulder; and Senate Minority Whip Nancy Spence, R-Centennial, and Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton) directs the Department of Transportation to study commuter highways in Colorado.
  • HB 10-1408 (sponsored by Rep. Paul Weissmann, D-Boulder, and Senate Majority Leader John Morse, D-Colorado Springs) amends statutory language concerning congressional districts.
  • HB 10-1411 (sponsored by Rep. Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, and Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton) concerns the denial of transferring firearms to potential transferrees with unresolved criminal records.
  • HB 10-1431 (sponsored by Rep. Wes McKinley, D-Walsh, and Senate Minority Leader Joshua Penry, R-Grand Junction) outlines the methodology to be used for valuing renewable energy facilities for property tax purposes.

The governor on Tuesday found himself in the San Luis Valley, where he signed three bills in Monte Vista:

  • SB 10-019 (sponsored by Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Broomfield, and House Deputy Majority Whip Randy Fischer, D-Fort Collins) will standardize the property value assessment of hydroelectric facilities.
  • SB 10-042 (sponsored by Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Broomfield; and Reps. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, and Jerry Frangas, D-Denver) enables financial institutions, law enforcement, and governmental agencies to coordinate their efforts to prevent fraud and financial exploitation of at-risk elderly and disabled populations.
  • SB 10-072 (sponsored by Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Broomfield, and Rep. Edward Vigil, D-Fort Garland), the Colorado Seed Potato Act, requires that potatoes grown commercially in Colorado be grown from certified seeds.

On Wednesday, Gov. Ritter signed two higher education bills: SB 10-003 (sponsored by Senate Majority Leader John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, and Senate Minority Leader Joshua Penry, R-Grand Junction; and House Majority Caucus Chair Karen Middleton, D-Aurora, and House Minority Leader Mike May, R-Parker), which affords public colleges and universities more  flexibility in setting tuition through 2016; and HB 10-1428 (House Majority Caucus Chair Karen Middleton, D-Aurora, and Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver), which funds higher education via CollegeInvest.

The 2010 legislative session ended May 12. The governor has until June 11 to pass or veto the remaining bills sent to his office for signature.

(image source: Office of the Governor)