March 23, 2019

Governor Hickenlooper Continues to Sign Bills Into Law

Governor Hickenlooper continues to sign bills that cross his desk. To date, he has signed over 200 bills into law.

Eight bills were signed by the governor on May 11, 2012. Three of them are summarized here.

  • SB 12-123Concerning the Secretary of State’s On-Line Business Filing System, and, In Connection Therewith, Authorizing Enhancements to the System, the Designation of Commercial Registered Agents, and Changes to a Reporting Entity’s Anniversary Month and Making an Appropriation.
    Sponsored by Sen. Scott Renfroe and Rep. J. Paul Brown. The bill requires the Secretary of State to develop and implement changes to the online business filing system.
  • HB 12-1114Concerning the Crime of Stalking.
    Sponsored by Rep. Millie Hamner and Sen. Gail Schwartz. The bill modifies the crime of stalking by requiring the issuance of a protection order at sentencing and requiring sentences including stalking charges to be served consecutively.
  • HB 12-1140Concerning the Duties of the Department of Public Health and Environment as Coordinator for Suicide Prevention Programs Throughout the State.
    Sponsored by Rep. Matt Jones and Sen. Linda Newell. The bill allows but does not require the Department of Public Health to coordinate with hospitals in order to distribute resource materials to people who have attempted suicide.

On Tuesday, May 15, Governor Hickenlooper signed one bill into law, which bill is summarized here.

  • HB 12-1086Concerning Implementation of Recommendations of the Committee on Legal Services in Connection with Legislative Review of Rules and Regulations of State Agencies.
    Sponsored by Rep. Bob Gardner and Sen. John Morse. The bill follows recommendations by the Committee on Legal Services regarding certain state agency rules and regulations.

Governor Hickenlooper signed five bills into law on Thursday, May 17, 2012, including HB 12-1238, the READ Act to promote early childhood literacy. This bill and two others are summarized below.

  • HB 12-1238 Concerning Literacy Education for Students Enrolled in Kindergarten Through Third Grade, and, In Connection Therewith, Creating the “Colorado Early Literacy Act” and Making and Reducing Appropriations.
    Sponsored by Reps. Tom Massey and Millie Hamner and Sens. Mike Johnston and Nancy Spence. The bill strives to ensure that children receive the education needed to ensure they are able to read and succeed in life.
  • HB 12-1213Concerning the Penalty for a Person who Escapes from a Place of Confinement Other Than a County Jail or Correctional Facility.
    Sponsored by Rep. Rhonda Fields and Sen. Steve King. The bill exempts some felony escape charges from the designation of a habitual criminal.
  • HB 12-1292Concerning Technical Modifications to Laws Relating to the Administration of Elections, and, In Connection Therewith, Harmonizing Current Laws with Federal Law, Altering the Time Periods Within Which Certain Actions Must Be Taken, Raising Certain Fees, and Deleting Obsolete References.
    Sponsored by Rep. Carole Murray and Sen. Rollie Heath. The bill makes various procedural and substantive changes to election laws.

Three more bills were signed into law on Friday, May 19, 2012. These are summarized here.

  • HB 12-1276Concerning Child Care Licensure Waivers for Materials Related to a Child Care Center’s Curriculum.
    Sponsored by Rep. Crisanta Duran and Sen. Linda Newell. The bill allows child care centers to use certain materials in their curricula that previously were not allowed to be used without parental approval.
  • HB 12-1286 Concerning Film Production Activities in Colorado, and, In Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation.
    Sponsored by Reps. Tom Massey and Mark Ferrandino and Sens. Linda Newell and Jean White. The bill attempts to encourage the production of films in Colorado by offering certain incentives.
  • HB 12-1108Concerning the Authority of the Colorado Department of Transportation to Have Signs Within Rights-of-Way on the Highway System.
    Sponsored by Rep. Daniel Kagan and Sen. Mark Scheffel. The bill repeals certain sign restrictions for the Colorado Department of Transportation.

On Saturday, May 19, 2012, Governor Hickenlooper signed three more bills into law as he traveled throughout the state. These bills are:

  • HB 12-1345Concerning the Financing of Public Schools, and, In Connection Therewith, Making and Reducing Appropriations.
    Sponsored by Rep. Tom Massey and Sen. Bob Bacon. The bill changes funding for students in K-12 education in Colorado.
  • HB 12-1080Concerning Changing the Name of Adams State College to Adams State University.
    Sponsored by Rep. Ed Vigil and Sen. Gail Schwartz. The bill changes the name of Adams State College to Adams State University, and allows the school to provide some graduate level programs.
  • SB 12S-002Concerning the Funding of Colorado Water Conservation Board Projects, and, In Connection Therewith, Making Appropriations.
    Sponsored by Sen. Gail Schwartz and Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg. The bill appropriates funds from the Colorado Water Conservation Board for certain water-related projects.

Finally, five more bills were signed by the Governor as he journeyed to Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction on Monday, May 21. Two of these are summarized here.

  • HB 12-1329Concerning the County Treasurer Becoming the Public Trustee in Certain Counties Where the Public Trustee is Currently Appointed by the Governor.
    Sponsored by Reps. Ray Scott and Dan Pabon and Sen. Jeanne Nicholson. The bill allows the Board of County Commissioners for certain counties to include the budget for the Office of the Public Trustee in its budget. It also specifies which counties will have appointed public trustees.
  • HB 12-1042Concerning a State Income Tax Credit Related to the Portion of Colorado Estate Taxes Paid that are Attributable to Agricultural Land.
    Sponsored by Rep. Sal Pace and Sen. Gail Schwartz. The bill allows a state income tax credit for certain agricultural lands equal to the amount of an estate tax credit.

A complete list of Governor Hickenlooper’s legislative decisions is available here.

HB 12-1329: Public Trustee in Certain Counties to Cease Being Appointed by Governor and Instead County Treasurer to Be Public Trustee for Those Counties

On March 21, 2012, Rep. Ray Scott introduced HB 12-1329 – Concerning the County Treasurer Becoming the Public Trustee in Certain Counties Where the Public Trustee is Currently Appointed by the Governor. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

Currently, the 11 counties designated as counties of the first or second class for purposes of the public trustee law have a public trustee who is appointed by the governor. In counties of the third class, the county treasurer serves as the public trustee. On January 1, 2013, certain counties of the second class change to counties of the third class. In such counties, the term of the public trustee appointed by the governor expires on December 31, 2012, and the county treasurer of the county becomes the public trustee on January 1, 2013. Under the bill, certain counties shall no longer have a separate office of the public trustee with the trustee appointed by the governor. The bill is assigned to the Local Government Committee; the bill is scheduled for committee review on Monday, April 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Since this summary, the House Committee on Local Government laid over the bill unamended–their amendments failed.

Summaries of other featured bills can be found here.