August 24, 2019

Governor Hickenlooper Finishes Signing Bills Approved This Year by General Assembly

Governor Hickenlooper’s desk got a little cleaner last week, as he signed the last of the bills approved by the General Assembly during this legislative session. In total, the governor signed 309 bills this year. He also vetoed one bill, allowed one bill to pass into law without his signature, and allowed Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia to sign one bill.

And, don’t miss our Legislative Wrap-Up CLE Presentation on July 10 to learn how laws passed this legislative session will affect your practice! Details below.

On Wednesday, June 6, 2012, Governor Hickenlooper signed eight bills into law, including a bill designed to modernize the state’s personnel system. That bill and two others are summarized here.

  • HB 12-1321Concerning the State Personnel System, and, in Connection Therewith, Enacting the “Modernization of the State Personnel System Act.”
    Sponsored by Reps. Mark Ferrandino and Glenn Vaad and Sens. Mike Johnston and Keith King. The bill establishes a merit pay system to replace the old pay-for-performance system, makes changes regarding separation of state employees, and makes conditional changes to the appointment of state employees.
  • HB 12-1272Concerning Continuation of Enhanced Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Unemployed Individuals Participating in Approved Training Programs, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation.
    Sponsored by Reps. Crisanta Duran and Robert Ramirez and Sen. Linda Newell. The bill extends enhanced unemployment insurance benefits for unemployed individuals involved in approved training programs until June 30, 2014.
  • HB 12-1041Concerning the Creation of an Electronic Death Registration System in the Department of Public Health and Environment and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation.
    Sponsored by Rep. Jeanne Labuda and Sen. Lucia Guzman. The bill creates an electronic system for reporting of death information to counties and provides an alternative to the current paper-based system that requires families to travel to the decedent’s county of death in order to receive a death certificate.

The governor continued his bill signing efforts on Thursday, June 7, 2012, when he signed two bills, including a criminal proceedings omnibus bill and a bill clarifying CORA. These two bills are summarized below.

  • HB 12-1310Concerning Changes to Statutory Provisions Related to Criminal Proceedings, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation.
    Sponsored by Rep. Bob Gardner and Sen. Morgan Carroll. The bill incorporates several other bills regarding issues of criminal procedure, and affects several areas of criminal law, including sentencing, court proceedings, sex offenses, probation, and parole. It also criminalizes the use of cathinones (bath salts).
  • HB 12-1036Concerning Clarification of the Exemption from the “Colorado Open Records Act” for Investigative Files.
    Sponsored by Rep. Jim Kerr and Sen. Betty Boyd. The bill clarifies that the exemption from CORA applies to investigative files for all civil, criminal, and administrative proceedings in Colorado, and also clarifies the security and chain of custody for ballots throughout the election season.

On Friday, June 8, 2012, Governor Hickenlooper signed the last bills of this legislative session. He signed 14 bills on Friday, including two bills that help military families in Colorado, HB 12-1059 and HB 12-1350. Five of the bills Governor Hickenlooper signed Friday are summarized here.

  • HB 12-1273Concerning the Inclusion of Approved Facility Schools Affiliated with a Hospital to the Definition of Child Care Facility for Purposes of the Child Care Contribution Income Tax Credit.
    Sponsored by Rep. Dan Pabon and Sen. Pat Steadman. The bill adds schools that are operated by nonprofit hospital facilities for the benefit of their patients to the list of eligible recipients for the state child care contribution tax credit. Facilities would be eligible to receive donations in 2013 but individuals would not be able to claim the credit until 2014.
  • HB 12S-1002 Concerning Administration of the Unemployment Insurance Program in Order to Stabilize Unemployment Insurance Rates, and, in Connection Therewith, Facilitating the Issuance of Unemployment Revenue Bonds, Accelerating the Creation of the Division of Unemployment Insurance in the Department of Labor and Employment, and Making Technical Changes to Provisions Enacted as a Part of House Bill 11-1288 to Ensure Appropriate Transition to the New Unemployment Insurance Premium Rate Structure.
    Sponsored by Reps. Larry Liston and Dan Pabon and Sen. Cheri Jahn. The bill enables the newly created Division of Unemployment Insurance (UI) to issue revenue bonds on behalf of the UI program. It requires certification from several officials, including the Executive Director of the CDLE, the State Treasurer, and the Governor, regarding the issuance of the revenue bonds.
  • SB 12-036Concerning Parental Consent for the Collection of Information from Students in Schools.
    Sponsored by Sen. Shawn Mitchell and Rep. Chris Holbert. The bill requires parental consent when schools gather certain information from students, including social security numbers or information regarding religious affiliation.
  • SB 12-128 Concerning Achieving Efficiencies in the Medicaid Long-Term Care Program Through Greater Utilization of Alternative Care Facilities.
    Sponsored by Sen. Ellen Roberts and Rep. Ken Summers. The bill authorizes the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to enhance reimbursements to alternative care facilities for patients transferred from nursing homes and also allows the DHCPF to create a program to identify Medicaid patients who are at risk of long-term nursing home placement and could otherwise utilize alternative care facilities.
  • HB 12-1110 Concerning the Regulation of Appraisal Management Companies, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation.
    Sponsored by Rep. Angela Williams and Sen. Morgan Carroll. The bill redefines the legal meaning of appraisal management companies (AMCs) and creates a licensure process in the Division of Real Estate, including establishing licensure guidelines.

For a complete list of Governor Hickenlooper’s 2012 legislative decisions, click here.

CLE Program: 2012 Legislative Update with Michael Valdez – Tales from Under the Golden Dome

This CLE presentation will take place on Tuesday, July 10. Participants may attend live in our classroom or watch the live webcast.

If you can’t make the live program or webcast, the program will also be available as a homestudy in two formats: video on-demand and mp3 download.

HB 12-1110: Appraisal Management Companies for Real Estate Appraisers

On January 20, 2012, Rep. Angela Williams and Sen. Morgan Carroll introduced HB 12-1110 – Concerning the Regulation of Appraisal Management Companies. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

In compliance with federal law, Colorado currently requires the licensing of real estate appraisers. In order to promote enhanced consumer protection, recently adopted federal guidelines now require mortgage lenders to use entities known as appraisal management companies, which hire licensed real estate appraisers, to value property for lending purposes. Appraisal management companies are not currently subject to regulation under Colorado law.

The bill authorizes the board of real estate appraisers in the division of real estate in the department of regulatory agencies to regulate appraisal management companies. Necessary terminology is defined and the registration of appraisal management companies is required. The bill sets forth the requirements for registration and exemptions for certain types of activities. The bill amends the section creating the board of real estate appraisers by adding a member who is an officer or employee of an appraisal management company and subtracting one public member. Requirements for owners and controlling persons of appraisal management companies are established, including a requirement that certain persons submit information, including fingerprints, for criminal history record checks. The bill sets forth prohibited activities and grounds for disciplinary action against appraisal management companies and owners and controlling persons. Administrative and criminal penalties for violations are established, and the board of real estate appraisers is granted the power to administer the provisions of the bill.

The bill requires real estate appraisers to maintain errors and omissions insurance. Appraisal management companies are required to post with the board a surety bond in the amount of $25,000.

The bill makes conforming amendments to existing statutes to make them consistent with the changes made in the bill. The bill is assigned to the Economic and Business Development Committee; the bill is scheduled for committee review on Tuesday, February 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Summaries of other featured bills can be found here.