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 11-241: Concerning Changes Related to the Operation of the Parole Board

On April 19, 2011, Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, and Rep. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, introduced SB 11-241 – Concerning changes related to the operation of the parole board. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The state board of parole is composed of 7 members. The bill requires that 2 members have law enforcement experience and one member have offender supervision experience. The other 4 members must have experience in behavioral health, psychology, offender assessment, offender reentry, victim advocacy, criminal justice policy, or research. Each member shall have, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree and 5 years experience in his or her field. The board member must complete at least 20 hours of continuing education each year. The chair of the board must develop a manual for the board members, release hearing officers, and administrative hearing officers. The board is permitted to hold parole release reviews without the presence of the inmate at a hearing if the inmate meets certain criteria.

The parole board contracts with administrative hearing officers and release hearing officers to assist with the work of the board. An administrative hearing officer must be an attorney with 5 years of relevant experience. An administrative hearing officer must complete yearly continuing education requirements and comply with all data and information collection requirements of the board. A release hearing officer must have a bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of relevant experience. A hearing release officer must complete yearly continuing education requirements and comply with all data and information collection requirements of the board.

Under current law, inmates who have significant medical needs are eligible for special needs parole. The bill expands the eligibility of inmates who are eligible for special needs parole and requires the department to identify who is eligible for such parole. The department shall make a recommendation as to whether to release the inmate and must develop special needs parole plan for the inmate.

The bill creates presumptions in favor of parole for nonviolent offenders with immigration detainers.

Assigned to the Judiciary Committee; the bill is scheduled for committee review on Wednesday, April 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Summaries of other featured bills can be found here.