July 18, 2019

Governor Hickenlooper Signs Seventeen More Bills into Law

On Monday, seventeen more bills reached Governor John Hickenlooper’s desk and were signed into law while the Governor visited Sterling, Fort Collins, Louisville, and Arvada; he also signed bills while traveling between various stops in eastern and northern Colorado. The bills were the twenty-second group to emerge from the 2011 General Assembly.

  • SB 11-199
    • Sponsored by Sen. Tochtrop and Rep. Riesberg. Concerning Workers’ Compensation.
  • SB 11-191
    • Sponsored by Sen. Bacon and Reps. B. Gardner and Levy. Enactment of the “Colorado Uniform Limited Cooperative Association Act.”
  • SB 11-234
    • Sponsored by Sen. Jahn and Rep. Massey. Concerning Residential Real Property Transfer Fee Covenants.
  • SB 11-232
    • Sponsored by Sen. Jahn and Rep. B. Gardner. Concerning the Child Abuse Investigation Surcharge.
  • SB 11-245
    • Sponsored by Sen. Bacon and Rep. Murray. Educator Preparation Programs at Institutions of Higher Education.
  • SB 11-241
    • Sponsored by Sens. S. King and Carroll and Reps. B. Gardner and Kagan. Charges Related to the Operation of the Parole Board, and Making Appropriations in Connection Therewith.
  • SB 11-261
    • Sponsored by Sen. Roberts and Rep. B. Gardner. Publication of the Colorado Revised Statutes by Persons Other than the General Assembly.
  • SB 11-076
    • Sponsored by Sen. Steadman and Rep. Becker. Continuation of a Temporary Modification to the Contribution Rates for Certain Divisions of the Public Employees’ Retirement Association.
  • SB 11-066
    • Sponsored by Sen. Jahn and Rep. B. Gardner. Issuance of Special Event Permits to Serve Alcoholic Beverages.
  • SB 11-091
    • Sponsored by Sen. Brophy and Rep. McKinley. Continuation of the State Board of Veterinary Medicine, and Implementing the Recommendations in the Sunset Review.
  • SB 11-125
    • Sponsored by Sen. White and Rep. Sonnenberg. Concerning Medicaid Nursing Facility Provider Fees.
  • SB 11-111
    • Sponsored by Sen. K. King and Rep. Massey. Creation of a Task Force to Address the Provisions of Educational Services to Support Students’ Academic Success.
  • SB 11-166
    • Sponsored by Sen. Johnston and Rep. Wilson. Concerning the “Uniform Disclaimer Property Interest Act.”
  • SB 11-195
    • Sponsored by Sen. Brophy and Rep. Sonnenberg. Concerning the Residency of a Health Care Provider Who Verifies a Person’s Disability for the Purpose of Obtaining Credentials to Park in Reserved Spaces.
  • SB 11-133
    • Sponsored by Sens. Hudak and Newell and Rep. Nikkel. A Study of Disciplinary Actions Taken in Public Schools.
  • HB 11-1005
    • Sponsored by Reps. Sonnenberg and Becker and Sen. Brophy. Repeal of HB 10-1195 Regarding a Suspension of the Exemption from the State Sales and Use Taxes.
  • HB 11-1045
    • Sponsored by Rep. Kefalas and Sen. Newell. Modifications to the Colorado Innovation Investment Tax Credit.

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

SB 11-199: Implementing Changes to the Laws Regarding Workers’ Compensation

On March 17, 2011, Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton, and Rep. Jim Riesberg, D-Greeley, introduced SB 11-199 – Concerning workers’ compensation. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill makes various changes to the laws regarding Workers’ Compensation:

  • The bill requires an employer to admit liability for reasonable and necessary medical benefits in claims in which an authorized treating physician recommends medical benefits after maximum medical improvement, if there is no contrary medical opinion in the record.
  • Currently, when all parties are represented by an attorney and agree to engage in discovery, the parties are exempt from the requirement to obtain permission to engage in discovery in connection with a controversy arising under the “Workers’ Compensation Act of Colorado.”
  • The bill repeals the condition that the represented parties all agree to engage in discovery, with the result that if all parties are represented, discovery is available.
  • The bill requires employers or insurers to pay in advance a claimant’s costs of attending an examination requested by the employer or insurer.
  • The bill states that the requirement, added by Senate Bill 10-187, that lump-sum compensation not be conditioned on a claimant waiving the right to pursue permanent total disability payments applies to all requests for lump-sum payments, regardless of the date of a claimant’s injury.

Assigned to the Business, Labor & Technology Committee.

Summaries of other featured bills can be found here.