July 16, 2019

Governor Hickenlooper Signs Several Bills Into Law

Governor Hickenlooper signed the first bill of this legislative session into law on January 30, 2012. Since then, he has signed nearly 60 bills into law.

On Monday, March 19, Governor Hickenlooper signed the following bills:

  • HB 12-1018: Concerning Modifications to Available Affiliation by Social Security Employers with The Fire And Police Pension Association
    • Sponsored by Rep. Jeanne Labuda and Sen. Lois Tochtrop. The bill requires employers eligible to participate in the Fire and Police Pension Association who offer death and disability plans to also participate in the FPPA Social Security supplemental plan.
  • HB 12-1071: Concerning Portable Electronics Insurance
    • Sponsored by Rep. Larry Liston and Sen. Cheri Jahn. The bill allows certain vendors of portable electronics devices to sell insurance on those devices and enacts certain requirements for training and sales commissions.
  • HB 12-1077: Concerning Modifications to the Investment Confidentiality Provisions Related to Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension Plans
    • Sponsored by Rep. Bob Gardner and Sen. Lois Tochtrop. The bill clarifies confidentiality provisions of the Police and Firefighters’ Pension Plans so that potential investors can disclose sensitive information without fear of it becoming a public record.
  • HB 12-1096: Concerning an Extension of the Period for Which the Voluntary Contribution Designation Line Benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation Of Colorado Fund Appears on State Individual Income Tax Return Forms
    • Sponsored by Rep. Andy Kerr and Sen. Greg Brophy. The bill extends until 2016 the income tax checkoff for a charitable contribution to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
  • HB 12-1120: Concerning the Creation of the Division Of Unemployment Insurance in the Department Of Labor And Employment to Administer the Unemployment Insurance Program
    • Sponsored by Rep. Keith Swerdfeger and Sen. Lois Tochtrop. The bill creates a Division of Unemployment Insurance within the Department of Labor and Employment and relocates the existing unemployment insurance program to the new Division.
  • HB 12-1127: Concerning Elimination of an Increase in the Unemployment Insurance Premium Rate for New Employers
    • Sponsored by Rep. Larry Liston and Sen. Suzanne Williams. The bill reduces the unemployment insurance premium rate for new employers.
  • SB 12-029: Concerning the Enactment of Colorado Revised Statutes 2011 as the Positive and Statutory Law of The State Of Colorado
    • Sponsored by Sen. John Morse and Rep. Bob Gardner. The bill enacts the softbound volumes of the Colorado Revised Statutes as the state’s positive and statutory law.
  • SB 12-042: Concerning Bringing Certain Statutory Provisions Related to Child Support Into Compliance with Federal Law
    • Sponsored by Sen. Nancy Spence and Rep. Ken Summers. The bill requires the Department of Human Services to make changes in order to comply with federal law.
  • SB 12-111: Concerning Departmental Reporting of Full-Time Equivalent Employees
    • Sponsored by Sen. Mary Hodge and Rep. Claire Levy. The bill modifies personnel-related reporting requirements for state agencies.
  • SB 12-112: Concerning the Headnote Definition of Full-Time Equivalent Employees Used in the Annual General Appropriation Act
    • Sponsored by Sen. Mary Hodge and Rep. Claire Levy. The bill modifies the definition of full-time employee to account for actual hours worked in a year.
  • SB 12-113: Concerning the Designation in the Annual General Appropriations Act of the Portion to be Redirected to the Counties of the State’s Share of Recoveries for Public Assistance Paid for Family Support Obligations
    • Sponsored by Sen. Kent Lambert and Rep. Cheri Gerou. The bill requires the General Assembly to set the state’s share of public assistance recoveries that are redirected to counties.
  • SB 12-114: Concerning the Crediting of all Disputed Payments Received by the State Pursuant to the Tobacco Litigation Settlement Agreement on Or After July 1, 2008, to the State General Fund
    • Sponsored by Sen. Kent Lambert and Rep. Claire Levy. The bill extends a provision allowing any disputed tobacco litigation settlement payments to be credited to the general fund.
  • SB 12-115: Concerning a Requirement That the Limited Gaming Control Commission Take Into Account the Impact on All Authorized Recipients of Gaming Tax Revenue When Considering Changes in Rules Governing the Taxes On Limited Gaming Activity
    • Sponsored by Sen. Pat Steadman and Rep. Jon Becker. The bill requires the Limited Gaming Control Commission to receive testimony from recipients of gaming revenue whenever a rule is adopted that changes the tax rates or policies.

Governor Hickenlooper signed five bills into law on Friday, March 16:

  • HB 12-1147: Concerning the designation of the Western Tiger Salamander as the state amphibian
    • Sponsored by Rep. Angela Williams and Sen. Joyce Foster. The bill designates the western tiger salamander as the state amphibian.
  • HB 12-1050: Concerning the voluntary contribution designation benefiting the nongame and endangered wildlife fund that appears on the state individual income tax return forms and, in connection therewith, extending the period for the contribution designation
    • Sponsored by Rep. Roger Wilson and Sen. Jeanne Nicholson. The bill extends until 2016 the income tax checkoff contribution for the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund.
  • HB 12-1079: Concerning designation of certain positions in the Department of Public Safety
    • Sponsored by Rep. Mark Barker and Sen. Steve King. Allows executive director of Department of Public Safety to name a deputy executive director and clarifies that deputy executive director and director of Division of Criminal Justice are peace officers.
  • HB 12-1231: Concerning the authority of the Department of Revenue to allow licensed private investigators access to certain motor vehicle records for specified purposes
    • Sponsored by Rep. Su Ryden and Sen. Nancy Spence. The bill requires private investigators to be licensed in order to access certain motor vehicle records.
  • HB 12-1013: Concerning intervention services for middle-grade students
    • Sponsored by Reps. Rhonda Fields and Chris Holbert and Sens. Evie Hudak and Keith King. The bill requires that local school boards consider enacting measures to identify kids at risk of dropping out.

Governor Hickenlooper signed seven bills into law on Thursday, March 15:

  • HB 12-1010: Concerning the reissuance of a lost share certificate of a mutual ditch company
    • Sponsored by Rep. Randy Baumgardner and Sen. Angela Giron. The bill eliminates the three-year waiting period for reissuance of a lost share from a mutual ditch company and adds lienholders to the list of potential recipients of reissued shares.
  • HB 12-1158: Concerning the regulation of producers of materials that may be used in commercial livestock feed, and, in connection therewith, repealing the “Colorado Inedible Meat Rendering and Processing Act of 1967” and relocating some of its provisions to the “Colorado Feed Law.”
    • Sponsored by Rep. Randy Baumgardner and Sens. Angela Giron and Kevin Grantham. The bill repeals the “Colorado Inedible Meat Rendering and Processing Act of 1967” and grants the Commissioner of Agriculture rulemaking authority.
  • HB 12-1054: Concerning simplification of the procurement process for providers who have previously been approved to participate in health care programs administered by the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
    • Sponsored by Rep. Rhonda Fields and Sen. Betty Boyd. The bill grants DHCPF rulemaking authority to simply procedures for providers to offer health care programs regulated by DHCPF.
  • HB 12-1015: Concerning the procedure for the review of a proposal to regulate an unregulated profession or occupation
    • Sponsored by Rep. Chris Holbert and Sen. Tim Neville. The bill modifies the sunrise review process for new licensing of professions by the Department of Regulatory Agencies.
  • HB 12-1022: Concerning the amount of water that permitted mining operation that construct impermeable areas that eliminate preexisting natural evapotranspiration are required to replace
    • Sponsored by Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg and Sen. Gail Schwartz. Mining operators will not be required to replace historic natural depletion to stream water.
  • HB 12-1139: Concerning pretrial detention of children prosecuted as adults
    • Sponsored by Rep. Claire Levy and Sen. Lucia Guzman. The bill requires that children who are to be prosecuted as adults be detained in a juvenile facility unless otherwise ordered by a judge after careful consideration.
  • SB 12-048: Concerning the creation of the “Colorado Cottage Foods Act” for locally produced home foods sold directly to consumers
    • Sponsored by Sen. Gail Schwartz and Rep. Don Coram. The bill allows local producers of potentially nonhazardous foods to use their own kitchens and sell foods at certain local retailers.

Governor Hickenlooper signed more bills into law on Friday, March 9; Thursday, March 8;  Thursday, March 1; Thursday, Feb. 23; Wednesday, February 15; and Monday, January 30. Additionally, Lt. Governor Joe Garcia signed a bill into law in Gov. Hickenlooper’s absence on Wednesday, March 7.

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

SB 12-116: Moving Cathinones Off Drug Schedules And Classifying As Controlled Substance

On January 31, 2012, Sen. Joyce Foster and Rep. J. Paul Brown introduced SB 12-116 – Concerning Penalties Associated with Cathinones, and, in Connection Therewith, Establishing a Misdemeanor Penalty for Possession of a Cathinone. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill defines cathinones and establishes criminal penalties for possession of cathinones and for distributing, manufacturing, dispensing, or selling cathinones. Any person or entity that sells a product that is labeled as a “bath salt” or any other trademark and contains any amount of a cathinone commits a deceptive trade practice and is subject to a civil penalty. On February 21, the Local Government Committee amended the bill and referred it to the Appropriations Committee; the bill is not listed on the Appropriations Committee calendar.

Summaries of other featured bills can be found here.