July 19, 2019

Governor Hickenlooper Signs Several More Bills into Law

Many bills have reached the Governor’s desk this legislative session, and on Thursday, March 22 and Saturday, March 24, 2012, Governor Hickenlooper signed several more bills into law.

Eighteen bills were signed into law on Saturday, March 24; five are highlighted below. A complete list of the legislation signed into law Saturday can be found here.

  • SB 12-011: Concerning the Differential Response Pilot Program for Child Abuse or Neglect Cases of  low or Moderate Risk.
  • Sponsored by Sen. Nancy Spence and Rep. Ken Summers. The bill extends the Differential Response Pilot Program beyond the five counties that were originally designated and allows families with low or moderate risk to engage in voluntary programs rather than involuntary and expensive court intervention.
  • SB 12-064: Concerning the Colorado Children’s Trust Fund.
  • Sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Nicholson and Rep. Tom Massey. The bill extends the sunset of the Colorado Children’s Trust Fund until July 1, 2022, and clarifies that the moneys in the fund are to be used for child abuse/neglect prevention, not intervention.
  • HB 12-1029: Concerning an Economic Stimulus Through a Property Tax Exemption for Business Personal Property and, in Connection Therewith, Enacting the “Save Colorado Jobs Act.”
  • Sponsored by Rep. Chris Holbert and Sen. Mark Scheffel. The bill changes the caps for statutory business incentive agreements for counties, municipalities, and special districts.
  • HB 12-1169: Concerning a Clarification of the Circumstances Under Which Voting to Elect Leadership of a Public Body May be Held by Secret Ballot in Accordance with the State Open Meetings Law.
  • Sponsored by Rep. Bob Gardner and Sen. Greg Brophy. The bill amends the state’s open meetings law to prohibit public bodies from taking certain actions by secret ballot unless they are in full compliance with the State Open Meetings Law.
  • HB 12-1249: Concerning the Manner in Which Tobacco Litigation Settlement Monies are Allocated to the State Auditor’s Office for the Costs of Conducting Program Reviews and Evaluations of the Performance of Tobacco Settlement Programs.
  • Sponsored by Rep. Cheri Gerou and Sen. Pat Steadman. The bill, which was recommended by the Joint Budget Committee, changes the funding allocations for tobacco Master Settlement Agreement funds.

For a full list of bills signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper on March 24, click here.

Governor Hickenlooper also signed seventeen bills into law on Thursday, March 22, 2012. Five of those bills are summarized here; for a complete list, click here.

  • HB 12-1033: Concerning Conditions on the Authority of the Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation to Impose Administrative Fines as a Result of Compliance Audits Finding Instances of Late Reporting of Injuries Under the “Workers’ Compensation Act of Colorado.”
  • Sponsored by Rep. Spencer Swalm and Sen. Linda Newell. The bill restricts the circumstances in which the Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation can inpose a fine for non-reporting or late reporting of industrial injuries.
  • HB 12-1047: Concerning the Waiver of Non-Safety Licensing Standards for Kinship Foster Care.
  • Sponsored by Rep. John Kefalas and Sen. Linda Newell. The bill allows county departments of social services to waive certain non-safety licensing requirements for kinship foster care. Previously, the state Department of Human Services had this waiver power, but it was rarely exercised due to the fact that most children are removed under emergency circumstances and there generally is not time to obtain a state waiver prior to placement.
  • HB 12-1074: Concerning Access to Data to Assist the Courts in Overseeing Persons Appointed to Manage the Affairs of Persons Under Disability.
  • Sponsored by Rep. Jim Kerr and Sen. Steve King. The bill allows a court to access data maintained by state agencies in order to contact guardians and conservators who have failed to file reports, as long as the courts keep the personal information private.
  • SB 12-024: Concerning the Obligations of a Residential Nonprofit Corporation to its Residential Members and, In Connection Therewith, Clarifying Open Meeting Provisions and Limiting the Conditions Under Which the Corporation Must Refund Moneys Paid by a Residential Member.
  • Sponsored by Sen. Ted Harvey and Rep. Chris Holbert. The bill specifies that residential membership fees for nonprofit corporations must only be refunded when the membership is transferred, and clarifies that all members must receive notice and be allowed to attend meetings whenever final action will be taken on the board’s behalf.
  • SB 12-097: Concerning a Simplified Procedure for the Adjudication of Certain Changes of the Points of Diversion of Water Rights.
  • Sponsored by Sen. Mary Hodge and Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg. The bill sets forth a simplified procedure for applications to change a point of diversion of water rights. The bill creates a presumption that there will not be a change in the amount of decreed water rights, which may be challenged in court.

For a complete list of legislation signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper on March 22, click here.

For a complete list of Governor Hickenlooper’s 2012 legislative decisions, click here.



SB 12-011: Eliminating Limitation Allowing Only 5 Counties to Participate in Differential Response Pilot Program for Child Abuse or Neglect

On January 11, 2012, Sen. Spence and Rep. Summers introduced SB 12-011 – Concerning the differential response pilot program for child abuse or neglect cases of low or moderate risk. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

Under current law, only 5 counties may participate in the differential response pilot program for child abuse or neglect cases of low or moderate risk. The bill eliminates this limitation and allows the executive director of the state department of human services to select participating counties. On and after July 1, 2012, the executive director shall consult with the participating county departments before selecting any additional county departments to participate in the pilot program.

Since this summary, the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services referred the bill unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole.

Summaries of other featured bills can be found here.