August 26, 2019

Bills Regarding Water Projects, Collector Vehicle Emissions, and Official State Cactus Signed by Governor

claret cup cactusOn Friday, March 7, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper signed six bills and a joint resolution into law. These include bills to name the Claret Cup Cactus as the official state cactus; collection of restitution as part of a deferred judgment; emissions inspections for collector vehicles; and publication of legal notices on a statewide website maintained by a majority of Colorado newspapers. All seven bills are summarized here.

  • SJR 14-004 – Concerning Approval of Water Project Revolving Fund Eligibility Lists Administered by the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority, by Sen. Gail Schwartz and Rep. Randy Fischer. This joint resolution modifies the Drinking Water Project Eligibility List and Water Pollution Control Project Eligibility List by adding, modifying, and removing projects.
  • HB 14-1024 – Concerning the Designation of the Claret Cup Cactus as the State Cactus, by Rep. Carole Murray and Sen. Gail Schwartz. The bill designates the claret cup cactus as the official state cactus.
  • HB 14-1035 – Concerning Collection of Restitution Ordered Pursuant to a Deferred Judgment, by Rep. Bob Gardner and Sen. Mike Johnston. The bill clarifies that a court can collect restitution until the restitution is paid, even after the deferred judgment is dismissed.
  • HB 14-1056 – Concerning Clarification of the Statutes Relating to the Registration of Collector’s Item Motor Vehicles to Specify that Certain Special Emission Inspection Requirements for Collector’s Item Motor Vehicles Registered Prior to the Enactment of HB 13-1071 Continue to Apply to Those Vehicles Until they are Transferred, by Rep. Chris Holbert and Sen. Lois Tochtrop. The bill clarifies that emissions requirements continue to apply to vehicles registered before Sept. 1, 2009, until the vehicles are transferred to new owners.
  • HB 14-1059 – Concerning Clarifying that the Ritual Discharge of Blank Ammunition Cartridges at a Military Funeral Does Not Constitute the Criminal Offense of Disorderly Conduct, by Rep. Leroy Garcia and Sen. Larry Crowder. The bill clarifies that routine discharge of firearms at military funerals does not qualify as a Class 2 misdemeanor.
  • HB 14-1086 – Concerning a Requirement that a Legal Notice Published in a Newspaper is Also Published on a Statewide Web Site Maintained by a Majority of Colorado Newspapers, by Rep. Carole Murray and Sen. Matt Jones. The bill requires newspapers publishing a legal notice to also include the notice on a certain website at no additional charge.
  • HB 14-1111 – Concerning the Authority for a Municipal Volunteer Firefighter Department Retiree to Serve on a Municipal Volunteer Firefighter Pension Board, by Rep. Mike Foote and Sen. Mary Hodge. The bill authorizes municipalities that maintain a volunteer firefighter pension plan to include retired and active volunteer firefighters on the plan’s board of trustees.

To date, Governor Hickenlooper has signed 42 bills and resolutions in this 2014 Legislative Session. For a complete list of the governor’s legislative decisions, click here.

e-Legislative Report: February 3, 2014

CBA Legislative Policy Committee

For readers who are new to CBA legislative activity, the Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) is the CBA’s legislative policy-making arm during the legislative session. The LPC meets weekly during the legislative session to determine CBA positions on requests from the various sections and committees of the Bar Association.

At the meeting on Friday, Jan. 31, the CBA LPC voted on several bills:

  • The Committee voted to support HB 14-1069. Concerning district commissions on judicial performance.
  • The Committee voted to oppose HB 14-1110. Concerning procedures governing discussions by boards of education of school districts while meeting in executive session.
  • The Committee voted to take no position on two bills: HB 14-1041. Concealed Handgun Carry without a Permit, and HB 14-38. Governor cannot restrict firearms during emergency.

At the Capitol—Week of Jan. 27

In the House

Monday, Jan. 27

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1020. Concerning the consolidation of two reports on taxable property that county assessors submit to their boards of equalization. The vote: 65 yes, 0 no.
  • HB 14-1020. Concerning the consolidation of two reports on taxable property that county assessors submit to their boards of equalization. The vote: 65 yes, 0 no.
  • HB 14-1059. Concerning clarifying that the ritual discharge of blank ammunition cartridges at a military funeral does not constitute the criminal offense of disorderly conduct. The vote: 65 yes, 0 no.

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1050. Concerning an increase in the number of judges for the Eighteenth Judicial District, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. The vote: 58 yes, 4 no, and 3 excused.
  • HB 14-1035. Concerning collection of restitution ordered pursuant to a deferred judgment. The vote: 62 yes, 0 no, and 3 excused.
  • HB 14-1086. Concerning a requirement that a legal notice published in a newspaper is also published on a statewide web site maintained by a majority of Colorado newspapers. The vote: 55 yes, 7 no, and 3 excused.

Thursday, Jan. 30

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1005. Concerning clarification of the requirements applicable to a change of point of water diversion. The vote: 61 yes, 2 no and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1164. Concerning nonpartisan elections not coordinated by a county clerk and recorder, and, in connection therewith, creating the “Colorado Local Government Election Code” for the conduct of such elections by special districts, harmonizing residency requirements for voter registration, modifying the “Colorado Municipal Election Code of 1965,” and clarifying when elections are coordinated by county clerk and recorders. The vote 37 yes, 25 no, and 2 excused.

In the Senate

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • SB 14-007. Concerning authority for a board of county commissioners to transfer county general fund moneys to its county road and bridge fund after a declared disaster emergency in the county. The vote: 35 yes, 0 no.

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • SB 14-048. Concerning use of the most recent United States census bureau mortality table as evidence of the expectancy of continued life of any person in a civil action in Colorado. The vote: 34 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • SB 14-076. Concerning the creation of a hard rock mining permit issued by the division of reclamation, mining, and safety for mining operations disturbing no more than five acres of surface area. The vote: 34 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • SB 14-067. Concerning aligning certain state medical assistance programs’ eligibility laws with the federal “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”. The vote: 20 yes, 14 no, and 1 excused.
  • SB 14-052. Concerning actions taken to remediate soil erosion creating property damage. The vote: 30 yes, 4 no, and 1 excused.