May 23, 2019

College Affordability Act, Budget Bill, and Other Bills Signed by Governor

As the legislature winds down the 2014 legislative session, Governor Hickenlooper continues to sign legislation that passes both houses. To date, the governor has signed 165 bills and vetoed two. He signed seven bills into law on April 25, 2014, he signed the Long Bill (budget bill) on April 30, he signed the College Affordability Act on May 1, and he signed nine bills on May 2. These are summarized here.

April 25, 2014

  • HB 14-1092 – Concerning the Voluntary Contribution Designation Benefitting the Colorado Youth Conservation Corps Fund that Appears on the State Individual Income Tax Return Forms, by Rep. Edward Vigil and Sen. John Kefalas. The bill creates a new income tax donation checkoff to benefit the Colorado Youth Conservation Corps.
  • HB 14-1107 – Concerning the Authority of the Department of Revenue to Offer Taxpayers the Option to Receive Electronic Notices, by Rep. Max Tyler and Sen. Linda Newell. The bill allows the Department of Revenue to transmit taxpayer notices electronically.
  • HB 14-1176 – Concerning the State Audit Cycle of the Emissions Program for Motor Vehicles, by Rep. Su Ryden and Sen. Lois Tochtrop. The bill changes the state audit cycle of the emissions program from once every three years to once every five years.
  • HB 14-1277 – Concerning Eligibility Requirements for Recipients of Grants from the Military Family Relief Fund, by Rep. Jovan Melton and Sen. Nancy Todd. The bill opens eligibility for grants from the Military Family Relief Fund to families of Colorado National Guard members and families of military personnel called to duty by executive order of the governor.
  • HB 14-1286 – Concerning Authorization for the State Treasurer to Loan to the State Historical Society for Public Display Items Presented to the Governor as Gifts to the State, by Rep. Jovan Melton and Sen. Pat Steadman. The bill allows the treasurer to loan items that were gifts to the state to the History Colorado and museums for display.
  • HB 14-1289 – Concerning the Reinvestment of Unused Governmental Moneys Held by a Financial Institution that are in Excess of the Amount Insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Accounts in Other Financial Institutions, by Rep. Frank McNulty and Sen. Mike Johnston. The bill specifies that monies in excess of the amount protected by the FDIC may be deposited in other accounts rather than used for Certificates of Deposit.
  • HB 14-1299 – Concerning the Repeal of the Six-Year Limitation on Applying a Salvage Brand to a Motor Vehicle Whose Cost of Being Repaired Exceeds the Value of the Vehicle Without the Recent Damage, by Rep. Max Tyler and Sen. Nancy Todd. The bill removes the requirement that a vehicle be under six years old when the damage occurs in order to be considered a salvage vehicle.

April 30, 2014

  • HB 14-1336 – Long Appropriations Bill, by the Joint Budget Committee. This bill presents the budget for fiscal year 2014-2015.

May 1, 2014

  • SB 14-001Concerning Making College Education More Affordable by Imposing Further Restrictions on Tuition Increases, Increasing Financial Aid, and Increasing Operating Support for Each Governing Board of a State-Supported Institution of Higher Education by Eleven Percent and, In Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation, by Sens. Cheri Jahn & Andy Kerr and Reps. Leroy Garcia & Mike McLachlan. The bill caps the annual increase in the rate of undergraduate in-state tuition for state supported institutions of higher education and appropriates $100,050,000 to the Department of Higher Education to support various financial aid programs and for the College Opportunity Fund and fee-for-service contracts.

May 2, 2014

  • SB 14-027 – Concerning Criminal History Background Checks for Professionals who Have the Authority to Appear in Court, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation, by Sen. Lucia Guzman and Rep. Pete Lee. The bill authorizes the Colorado Supreme Court to request CBI criminal background checks as part of the licensing process for attorneys.
  • SB 14-114 – Concerning Expanding Access for All Students to Colorado State University – Global Campus, by Sen. Nancy Todd and Reps. Millie Hamner & Chris Holbert. The bill allows CSU Global Campus to offer complete degree programs online.
  • SB 14-135 – Concerning the Repeal of Certain Provisions Concerning the Purchasing of Firearms in States that are Contiguous to Colorado, by Sen. Greg Brophy and Rep. Jared Wright. The bill generally allows purchases of firearms in states contiguous to Colorado and generally allows gun sales to residents of contiguous states.
  • SB 14-146 – Concerning Information that the Department of Transportation May Consider when Conducting a Traffic Investigation for the Purpose of Determining the Appropriate Speed Limit for a Portion of a State Highway for which a Municipality has Proposed a Speed Limit Alteration, by Sen. Gail Schwartz and Rep. Jim Wilson. The bill allows a local government that is proposing a speed limit adjustment to submit its own traffic data and  engineering reports.
  • HB 14-1193 – Concerning Requirements Governing the Imposition of a Fee for the Research and Retrieval of Public Records Under the “Colorado Open Records Act,” by Rep. Joseph Salazar and Sen. John Kefalas. The bill imposes certain restrictions on fees charged for the retrieval of records under the Colorado Open Records Act.
  • HB 14-1203 – Concerning Funding to Maintain the Infrastructure for the Digital Trunked Radio System, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation, by the Joint Budget Committee. The bill makes a budget appropriation to replace legacy radio equipment and hardware at radio tower sites.
  • HB 14-1302 – Concerning the Addition of a Judgment Against a Debtor or Transferee who Acts with Actual Intent as an Available Remedy for a Creditor in a Fraudulent Transfer Action, by Rep. John Buckner and Sen. Mike Johnston. The bill provides an additional remedy for creditors when a debtor fraudulently transfers property with the intent to hinder, delay, or defraud the creditor.
  • HB 14-1335 – Concerning Campaign Contribution Limits that are Applicable to Candidate Committees for Candidates who are not Affiliated with a Major Political Party, by Rep. Dominick Moreno and Sen. Matt Jones. The bill allows write-in, unaffiliated, or minor party candidates to accept contributions up to the aggregate contribute limit for the election cycle.
  • HB 14-1342 – Concerning Transfers of Moneys Related to Capital Construction, by the Joint Budget Committee. The bill makes three transfers to the capital construction fund in fiscal year 2014-15.

For a list of Governor Hickenlooper’s legislative decisions, click here.

HB 14-1277: Expanding Eligibility for Military Family Relief Fund Grants to Colorado National Guard Members

On February 12, 2014, Rep. Jovan Melton and Sen. Nancy Todd introduced HB 14-1277 – Concerning Eligibility Requirements for Recipients of Grants from the Military Family Relief Fund. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

Under current law, to be eligible to receive a grant from the military family relief fund (fund), a member of the Colorado National Guard or a reservist must be on active military duty for a minimum of 30 days on involuntary mobilization orders. The bill permits a member of the Colorado National Guard or a reservist to also be eligible to receive a grant from the fund if he or she is called to state active duty by executive order of the governor.

The bill has passed both houses of the legislature on March 31 and is headed to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk for action.