July 21, 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.

e-Legislative Report: February 17, 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.

The LPC did not meet on Friday, Feb. 14.

At the Capitol—Week of Feb. 10

A scorecard of the committee and floor work follows.

In the House

Monday, Feb. 10

Passed 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1073. Concerning the recording of legal documents. Vote: 58 yes, 5 no, and 2 excused.
  • SB 14-7.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. Vote: 63 yes, 0 no, and 2 excused.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Passed 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1022. Concerning alignment of the duration of the child care authorization notice with the child care assistance eligibility period for children participating in the Colorado child care assistance program. Vote 64 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • Supplemental Appropriations bills for various departments were approved on 3rd and final reading in the House: Agriculture, Corrections, Education, Governor, Health Care Policy & Financing, Higher Education, Human Services, Law (Attorney General), Local Affairs, Natural Resources, Personnel & Administration, Public Health & Environment, Public Safety, Revenue, State, Treasury, and the Judicial Branch.
  • 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. Vote: 64 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1103. Concerning the criteria that certain securities must meet to qualify as legal investments for public funds. Vote 64 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1018. Concerning the requirement that the department of revenue prepare a tax profile and expenditure report every two years. Vote 64 yes, 0 no and, 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1112. Concerning limited authorization for a county clerk and recorder to redact the first five digits of a social security number from a public document recorded with the clerk and recorder at the request of the individual to whom the social security number is assigned. Vote 64 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1130. Concerning the disposition of moneys charged to borrowers for costs to be paid in connection with foreclosure. (See below for summary.) Vote 64 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1065. Concerning limits on indemnification provisions in motor carrier transportation contracts. Vote 41 yes, 23 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1099. Concerning prescription drugs in the practice of optometry. Vote 64 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.

Thursday, Feb. 13

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1110. Concerning procedures governing discussions by boards of education of school districts while meeting in executive session. Vote: 34 yes and 31 no.

Friday, Feb. 14

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1122. Concerning provisions to keep legal marijuana from underage persons. (See below for summary.) Vote: 63 yes, 0 no, and 2 excused.

In the Senate

Monday, Feb. 10

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • SB 14-83. Concerning reimbursement to be paid by a county to the state for costs incurred by the state in connection with the reappraisal of property in the county. Vote 34 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • SB 14-102. Concerning the addition of employment positions held at financial institutions to the circumstances under which an employer may use consumer credit information for employment purposes. (See below for summary.) Vote 34 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • SB 14-98. Concerning clarifications to statutory language on crimes against at-risk elders. (See below for summary.) Vote 34 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • SB 14-89. Concerning a prohibition for the state to enter into an agreement for a payment in lieu of taxes. Vote: 21 yes, 13, no and 1 excused.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

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. Vote: 34 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • SB 14-95. Concerning the ability of a prescription drug outlet to compound drugs for distribution to a Colorado hospital. Vote: 34 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • SB 14-96. Concerning renaming state veterans nursing homes to veterans community living centers to more accurately reflect the wide array of services provided to state veterans. Vote: 34 yes and 0 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. Vote: 19 yes, 13 no, and 3 excused. (Notice of intent to reconsider final vote submitted.)

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • SB 14-21. Concerning the treatment of persons with mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice systems, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. Vote: 35 yes and 0 no.
  • SB 14-27. Concerning criminal history background checks for professionals who have the authority to appear in court, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. Vote: 35 yes and 0 no.
  • SB 14-109. Concerning the use of the prevention, early detection, and treatment fund, and, in connection therewith, eliminating the annual transfer of two million dollars from the fund to the department of health care policy and financing for medicaid disease management and treatment programs that address cancer, heart disease, and lung disease or risk factors associated with those diseases and increasing the amount annually appropriated from the fund to the prevention services division of the department of public health and environment for the cancer, cardiovascular disease, and chronic pulmonary disease prevention, early detection, and treatment program by two million dollars. Vote: 35 yes and 0 no.
  • SB 14-120. Concerning the continuous appropriation of certain amounts in the state employee workers’ compensation account in the risk management fund. Vote: 35 yes and 0 no.
  • SB 14-30. Concerning the fee charged to issue a special license plate to a person with a distinguished flying cross that was awarded for valor, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. Vote 32 yes and 3 no.
  • SB 14-62. Concerning reinstatement of the parent-child legal relationship. Vote: 35 yes and 0 no.

Friday, Feb. 14

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • Upon a motion for reconsideration: 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. Final Vote: 18 yes, 16 no, and 1 excused.

Stay tuned for 10 bills of interest.