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e-Legislative Report: February 10, 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, Feb. 7, the CBA LPC:

  • Voted to oppose HB 14-1153. Concerning attorney fees when an action is dismissed prior to trial.

At the Capitol—Week of Feb. 3

A scorecard of the committee and floor work follows.

In the House

Monday, Feb. 3

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1026. Concerning the authorization of flexible water markets. Vote: 47 yes, 13 no, and 5 excused.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1047. Concerning restrictions on the publishing of basic identification information on commercial web sites. Vote: 45 yes, 19 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1079. Concerning an increase in the monetary amount allowed for the limited offering registration procedure under the “Colorado Securities Act.” Vote: 64 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1069. Concerning district commissions on judicial performance. Vote: 62 yes, 2 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1051. Concerning a strategic plan for enrolling all eligible persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities into programs at the time services and supports are needed, and, in connection therewith, requiring the department of health care policy and financing to develop and implement the strategic plan and to report annually on the number of persons waiting for services and supports. Vote: 64 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1010. Concerning corrections to statutory provisions relating to the prescribed burning program administered by the division of fire prevention and control in the department of public safety. Vote: 64 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.

Thursday, Feb. 6

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1052. Concerning an increase in the enforcement authority of ground water management districts. Vote: 38 yes, 24 no, and 3 excused.
  • HB 14-1146. Concerning a prohibition against greyhound racing in Colorado. Vote: 39 yes, 23 no, and 1 excused.

In the Senate

Monday, Feb. 3

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • SB 14-84. Concerning the election of a county commissioner in a county with a population of less than seventy thousand by the voters residing in the district from which the commissioner runs for election. Vote: 35 yes and 0 no.
  • SB 14-59. Concerning eliminating the statute of limitations for offenses that accompany sex offenses that are not subject to a statute of limitations. Vote: 30 yes and 5 no.
  • HB 14-1019. Concerning the enactment of Colorado Revised Statutes 2013 as the positive and statutory law of the state of Colorado. Vote: 21 yes and 14 no.
  • SB 14-80. Concerning the elimination of the list of certain additional qualifications that apply to property valuation appeal arbitrators. Vote: 35 yes and 0 no.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • SB 14-63. Concerning the mandatory review of existing executive branch agency rules conducted by each principal department. Vote 33 yes and 2 absent.

Stay tuned for 10 bills of interest.

HB 14-1069: Specifying Additional People to be Interviewed by Commissions on Judicial Performance

On January 8, 2014, Rep. Paul Rosenthal introduced HB 14-1069 – Concerning District Commissions on Judicial Performance. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

Current law directs district commissions on judicial performance (commissions), as part of their evaluations of district and county judges, to interview other district and county judges and other interested persons. The bill adds to this list the district attorney, a representative of the state public defender, and a representative of the local bar association.

The commission must issue invitations to the new interviewees not less than 35 days before the interview. A majority of the commission must be present at the interview. The commission may substitute a written submission in place of an interview only with the consent of the invited person. The CBA LPC voted to support this legislation. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Judiciary Committee amended and moved the bill to the full House for consideration on 2nd Reading.

Since this summary, the bill passed 2nd Reading with amendments, and it passed 3rd Reading in the House as well.