July 19, 2019

Bills Regarding Joint Tax Returns for Partners in Civil Unions, Funding for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, Appropriations, and More Signed

On Thursday, February 27, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper signed 28 bills into law. Seventeen of the bills were supplemental appropriations bills, which are not summarized here, but many of the other bills are highlighted below. To date, the governor has signed 35 bills into law.

  • SB 14-004 – Concerning the Role and Mission of Community Colleges, by Sen. Nancy Todd and Reps. James Wilson and Jenise May. The bill allows community colleges to provide Bachelor of Applied Science degrees.
  • SB 14-019 – Concerning the State Income Tax Filing Status of Two Taxpayers who may Legally File a Joint Federal Tax Return, by Sen. Pat Steadman and Reps. Dominick Moreno and Joann Ginal. The bill requires partners in a civil union who are eligible to file their federal income taxes jointly or separately to file their Colorado taxes with the same filing status. It also changes statutory language from “spouses” to “taxpayers” in many places.
  • SB 14-025 – Concerning Grants for Domestic Wastewater Treatment Works for Small Communities, by Sen. Mary Hodge and Rep. Randy Fischer. The bill makes grants available for small communities for projects to assist domestic wastewater treatment works. This program is to supplement an existing grant program for which grants have not been available since 2006.
  • SB 14-067 – Concerning Aligning Certain State Medical Assistance Programs’ Eligibility Laws with the Federal “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”, by Sen. Irene Aguilar and Rep. Jonathan Singer. The bill changes statutory language regarding eligibility for medical assistance, electronic data collection for determination of eligibility, and eligibility requirements for pregnant women and children.
  • HB 14-1004 – Concerning Emergency Management, and, in Connection Therewith, Eliminating and Reorganizing Two Entities Within the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the Department of Public Safety and Authorizing the Governor to Provide Individual Assistance During a Disaster Absent a Presidential Declaration of the Same, by Reps. Mike Foote and Stephen Humphrey. The bill reorganizes certain functions within the Department of Public Safety and authorizes the governor to provide financial assistance in times of emergency without a presidential declaration.
  • HB 14-1078 – Concerning Changes to the Public Education Accreditation Statutes as a Result of Legislative Review of the Rules of the State Board of Education, and, in Connection Therewith, Clarifying the Term “Public School” in the Accreditation Statutes, by Rep. Brittany Pettersen and Sen. Mike Johnston. The bill clarifies that schools that online programs housed in public schools are not considered online schools, and allows automatic renewal of accreditation of schools the category of accredited with an improvement plan or higher.
  • HB 14-1250 – Concerning Authorizing Payments from the Contingency Reserve Fund for the 2013-14 Budget Year for School Districts that are in Significant Financial Need Due to Unanticipated Events Occurring in the 2013-14 Budget Year, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation, by Rep. Jenise May and Sen. Pat Steadman. The bill appropriates moneys from the General Fund to be used for school districts that were impacted by the flooding in September 2013.
  • HB 14-1252 – Concerning Funding for System Capacity Changes Related to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Waiver Services, and, in Connection Therewith, Making and Reducing Appropriations, by Reps. Jenise May and Cheri Gerou and Sen. Pat Steadman. The bill adjusts the amount of funds for certain intellectual and developmental disability services, and requires the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to collect reports on the effectiveness and use of funds.

For a complete list of the governor’s 2014 legislative decisions, click here.