August 19, 2019

DORA Releases Information Regarding New Transportation Rules Going into Effect Today

DORA issued a press release on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 regarding new Public Utilities Commission (PUC) transportation rules. The emergency rules implement two bills that were enacted by the Colorado Legislature earlier this year that became effective today.

The PUC adopted emergency rules last week that will remain in place for 210 days, or until permanent rules become effective, whichever period is shorter. Emergency rules were necessary to ensure that there was no lapse of regulations as a result of the recent statutory changes.

The new rules implement Senate Bill 11-180, which amended the authority of taxicabs to pick up passengers outside of their assigned geographic areas, and House Bill 11-1198, which reorganized the statutes governing motor carriers and made changes to regulatory authority granted to the PUC.

SB 11-180 permitted taxis operating in Colorado to pick up passengers at any point in the state when the taxi has dropped off passengers in close proximity to that point, except if that drop-off point is an airport. In the emergency rules, the PUC defined “close proximity” as within a 1-mile radius of the drop-off point, and within 20 minutes of the drop-off time.

HB 11-1198 repealed Articles 10, 11, 13, 14 and 16 of Title 40 of the Colorado Revised Statutes and created a new Article 10.1 in Title 40, organized into five parts covering the various types of transportation providers and services. In addition to reorganizing the statutes, the new law made certain substantive changes requiring emergency rule implementation, including:

  • Clarifying the services authorized under a children’s activity bus permit;
  • Transferring all safety jurisdiction over household goods movers from the PUC to the Colorado Department of Public Safety;
  • Standardizing provisions relating to the conduct of fingerprint-based criminal history record checks, both on initial issuance and resubmission, as a condition of continued qualification to drive for a motor carrier; and
  • Requiring towing carriers to maintain workers’ compensation insurance and post a $50,000 bond to ensure payment of any civil penalties assessed by the Commission.

The emergency rules can be viewed on the PUC website.

Governor Hickenlooper Signs Dozens More Bills into Law

At the end of last week, forty-one more bills reached Governor John Hickenlooper’s desk and were signed into law. The bills were the twenty-fifth group to emerge from the 2011 General Assembly.

  • HB 11-1014
    • Sponsored by Rep. DelGrosso and Sens. Roberts and Hudak. Concerning the Repeal of  Limiting Trigger Associated with the Child Care Contribution Income Tax Credit.
  • HB 11-1093
    • Sponsored by Rep. Bradford and Sen. Cadman. Concerning the Payment of Specific Ownership Tax on Special Mobile Machinery.
  • HB 11-1105
    • Sponsored by Rep. Acree and Sen. White. Concerning Assaults Against Medical Care Providers.
  • HB 11-1166
    • Sponsored by Rep. Murray and Sen. Aguilar. Concerning the Creation of a Type 1 Diabetes Special License Plate.
  • HB 11-1242
    • Sponsored by Rep. Ferrandino and Sen. Nicholson. Concerning the Provision of Integrated Health Care Services Pursuant to the Colorado Medical Assistance Program.
  • HB 11-1267
    • Sponsored by Rep. McCann and Sen. Mitchell. Concerning an Expansion of the Circumstances in which a Court May Order Further Restrictions as Conditions of a Protection Order Against a Defendant.
  • HB 11-1297
    • Sponsored by Rep. Murray and Sen. Cadman. Concerning the Statewide Internet Portal Authority.
  • HB 11-1307
    • Sponsored by Rep. Becker and Sen. Steadman. Concerning Recovery Audits.
  • HB 11-1324
    • Sponsored by Rep. Acree and Sen. Brophy. Concerning the Application of Provisions Governing the Financial Obligations of a Residential Nonprofit Corporation Upon Alteration of the Membership Status of a Member.
  • HB 11-1043
    • Sponsored by Rep. Massey and Sens. Steadman and Spence. Concerning Medical Marijuana, and Making an Appropriation Therefor.
  • HB 11-1268
    • Sponsored by Rep. Levy and Sen. Nicholson. Concerning Penalties for Traffic Offenses Involving Alcohol and Drugs.
  • HB 11-1303
    • Sponsored by Rep. B. Gardner and Sen. Brophy. Concerning Non-Substantive Revisions of Statutes in the Colorado Revised Statutes, and Amending or Repealing Obsolete, Inconsistent, and Conflicting Provisions of Law.
  • HB 11-1157
    • Sponsored by Rep. Casso and Sen. White. Concerning the Exemption from the Heavy-Duty Diesel Inspection Program of Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicles Based Outside the Program Area as Part of a Fleet Registered in the Program Area.
  • HB 11-1298
    • Sponsored by Reps. Tyler and Vaad and Sen. Spence. Concerning the Creation of a Special License Plate for Craig Hospital.
  • HB 11-1072
    • Sponsored by Rep. McNulty and Sen. Morse. Concerning the Responsibilities of a Designated Representative of the Proponents of an Initiative Petition.
  • HB 11-1241
    • Sponsored by Rep. DelGrosso and Sen. Lundberg. Concerning the Circumstances in which a Nonprofit Housing Provider that Sells Low-Cost Housing to Low-Income Applicants Who Assist in the Construction of the Housing is Entitled to the Property Tax Exemption for Property Used Strictly for Charitable Purposes.
  • HB 11-1081
    • Sponsored by Rep. Brown and Sen. Schwartz. Concerning the Inclusion of Liquified Petroleum Gas Conversion Vehicles in the List of Qualified Vehicles Available for Efficient Motor Vehicle Incentives.
  • HB 11-1080
    • Sponsored by Rep. Todd and Sen. S. King. Concerning the Address Confidentiality Program.
  • HB 11-1010
    • Sponsored by Rep. Acree and Sen. Brophy. Concerning the Incidental Use of Property Owned by a Fraternal Organization or Veterans’ Organization that is Exempt from Property Tax.
  • HB 11-1250
    • Sponsored by Rep. Acree and Sen. Renfroe. Concerning a Prohibition on Ingestible Medical Marijuana-Infused Products.
  • HB 11-1323
    • Sponsored by Rep. Massey and Sen. Boyd. Concerning an Exemption from State Licensure Requirements for a Community Clinic that is a Rural Health Clinic.
  • HB 11-1002
    • Sponsored by Rep. Nikkel and Sen. Kopp. Concerning the Creation of an On-Line Database for the Department of Transportation’s Financial Information.
  • SB 11-180
    • Sponsored by Sen. Tochtrop and Rep. Looper. Concerning Authority for Taxicabs to Pick Up Passengers Outside Their Assigned Geographic Areas.
  • SB 11-085
    • Sponsored by Sen. B. Shaffer and Rep. McCann. Concerning Increasing the Enforcement of Prohibitions Against Certain Prostitution-Related Offenses, and Authorizing the Creation of a Program for Certain First-Time Offenders.
  • SB 11-134
    • Sponsored by Sen. Kopp and Reps. Murray and Vigil. Concerning the Addition of Certain Drugs to the Statutory List of Schedule 1 Controlled Substances.
  • SB 11-240
    • Sponsored by Sen. Hudak and Rep. Murray. Concerning the Implementation of Sunset Review of the Regulation of Private Occupational Schools, and Requiring the Department of Regulatory Agencies to Review the Functions of the Private Occupational School Division and the Private Occupational School Board and Scheduling a Future Repeal of the Laws Related to Regulation of Private Occupational Schools.
  • SB 11-109
    • Sponsored by Sen. B. Shaffer and Rep. Solano. Concerning the Creation of a Voluntary Contribution Designation Benefiting the Public Education Fund to Appear on the State Individual Income Tax Return Forms.
  • SB 11-206
    • Sponsored by Sen. Boyd and Rep. Bradford. Concerning the Exemption of Certain Noncommercial Mortgage-Related Activities from the “Mortgage Loan Originator Licensing and Mortgage Company Registration Act.”
  • SB 11-256
    • Sponsored by Sens. Guzman and S. King and Reps. Ferrandino and J. Kerr. Concerning Graffiti.
  • SB 11-105
    • Sponsored by Sen. Guzman and Rep. Levy. Concerning In-Home Support Services, Extending their Duration.
  • SB 11-263
    • Sponsored by Sen. Tochtrop and Rep. Becker. Concerning Clarification of the State Sales Tax Exemption for Sales of Medical Products.
  • SB 11-051
    • Sponsored by Sen. Giron and Rep. Swerdfeger. Concerning an Interception of a Person’s Winnings for the Purpose of Paying an Unpaid Debt Due to the State.
  • SB 11-088
    • Sponsored by Sens. Carroll and Lundberg and Rep. Acree. Concerning the Regulation of Direct-Entry Midwives, and Implementing the Sunset Review Recommendations of the Department of Regulatory Agencies.
  • SB 11-193
    • Sponsored by Sen. Aguilar and Reps. B. Gardner and J. Kerr. Concerning the Disclosure of Employment Information to an Employer Regarding a Person Employed to Work with a Person with a Developmental Disability.
  • SB 11-243
    • Sponsored by Sen. Guzman and Rep. Pabon. Concerning the Repeal of the Civil Penalty for Document Fraud.
  • SB 11-264
    • Sponsored by Sen. Newell and Reps. B. Gardner and Lee. Concerning a Clarification of State Law Governing the Circumstances under which a Notice of Lis Pendens Must Be Recorded in Connection with the Filing of a Debt Security Instrument as a Substitute for the Filing of Certain Liens.
  • SB 11-272
    • Sponsored by Sens. Hodge and Aguilar and Reps. Summers and Fields. Concerning the Voluntary Contribution Designation Benefiting the Adult Stem Cells Cure Fund that Appears on the State Individual Income Tax Return Forms.
  • SB 11-187
    • Sponsored by Sen. Newell and Rep. Fields. Concerning the Continuation of the Regulation of Mental Health Professionals, and Continuing the State Boards of Psychologist Examiners, Social Work Examiners, Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners, and Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners.
  • SB 11-254
    • Sponsored by Sen. Steadman and Rep. Pace. Statutory Changes to Improve Practices for Persons Under Community Supervision.
  • SB 11-089
    • Sponsored by Sen. Jahn and Rep. Beezley. Concerning the Continuation of the Authority of the Executive Director of the Department of Revenue to Issue Written Responses Upon the Request of a Taxpayer.
  • SB 11-108
    • Sponsored by Sen. Jahn and Rep. Szabo. Concerning the Repeal of the “Identity Theft and Financial Fraud Deterrence Act.”

For a complete list of Governor Hickenlooper’s 2011 legislation decisions click here.