August 18, 2019

Bills Regarding Employment Law, the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act, and More Signed by Governor

On Friday, April 19, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper signed one dozen bills. He has currently signed a total of 137 bills this legislative session. The bills signed Friday include bills relating to employment law, damages under the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act, education law, and more. The bills are summarized here.

  • SB 13-013 – Concerning Peace Officer Authority for Certain Employees of the United States Secret Service, by Sen. Steve King and Rep. Beth McCann. The bill allows certain agents of the U.S. Secret Service to have limited peace officer authority while working in Colorado.
  • SB 13-018 – Concerning the Use of Consumer Credit Information by Employers, by Sen. Jessie Ulibarri and Rep. Randy Fischer. The bill restricts the use of employees’ and applicants’ consumer credit information by employers, and requires employers to allow employees or potential employees to explain any adverse information.
  • SB 13-023 – Concerning an Increase in the Limitation on the Amount of Damages that may be Recovered by an Injured Party under the “Colorado Governmental Immunity Act,” by Sens. Bill Cadman and John Morse and Reps. Claire Levy and Bob Gardner. The bill increases the amount of damages available under the CGIA to reflect inflation adjustments.
  • SB 13-042 – Concerning the Renewal of Distinguished Foreign Teaching Physician Licenses by a Person Ranked Lower than an Associate Professor, by Sen. John Morse and Rep. Mark Waller. The bill allows distinguished foreign physicians who are teaching at state medical schools to renew their licenses if they are at the level of assistant professor or higher.
  • SB 13-058 – Concerning the Verification Requirement for Parking Privileges for Persons with a Permanent Disability, by Sen. Kevin Grantham and Rep. Lois Landgraf. The bill waives the requirement that persons with permanent disabilities must prove their disabilities every three years in order to renew their parking permits.
  • SB 13-071 – Concerning Uniquely Identifying Student Numbers for Persons Enrolled in Adult Education Programs, by Sen. Evie Hudak and Rep. Rhonda Fields. The bill requires that the Educational Data Subcommittee must identify a method for applying a unique student identification number to individuals enrolled in adult education programs.
  • SB 13-139 – Concerning Supplemental On-Line Education Services, by Sen. Ellen Roberts and Rep. Don Coram. The bill designates the authority to contract for online education services to the Board of Cooperative Educational Services.
  • SB 13-184 – Concerning Repeal of the Criminal Penalties for Discrimination in Places of Public Accommodation, by Sens. Pat Steadman and Steve King and Rep. Paul Rosenthal. The bill repeals the criminal penalties for discrimination in public places but leaves in place the civil penalties.
  • SB 13-192 – Concerning the Ability of Government Agencies to Extend the Time Permitted for Action Based on the Results of Fingerprint-Based Criminal History Record Checks, by Sen. Rollie Heath and Rep. Max Tyler. The bill extends the amount of time government agencies may have before acting on the results of criminal background checks.
  • HB 13-1039 – Concerning Additional Sources of Moneys to be Credited to the Legislative Department Cash Fund, by Rep. Lois Court and Sen. Nancy Todd. The bill allows certain moneys collected to be allocated to the legislative department cash fund.
  • HB 13-1208 – Concerning Creative Districts and Authorizing the Creative Industries Division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development to Offer Incentives in the Form of Need-Based Funding for Infrastructure Development in State-Certified Creative Districts and to Provide Such Funding from any Moneys Appropriated to the Creative Industries Cash Fund for that Purpose, by Rep. Crisanta Duran and Sen. Linda Newell. The bill allows the Creative Industries Division in the Office of Economic Development to spend money to develop infrastructure for creative districts.
  • HB 13-1237 – Concerning the Voluntary Contribution Benefiting the Special Olympics Colorado Fund that Appears on the State Individual Income Tax Returns, by Reps. Dave Young and John Buckner and Sen. Mary Hodge. The bill reestablishes the Special Olympics tax return check-off, since it was not renewed in 2012 after its 2011 sunset.

For the complete list of Governor Hickenlooper’s 2013 legislative decisions, click here.

SB 13-023: Increasing the Limits on Damages that May be Recovered Under the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act

On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, Sen. Bill Cadman introduced SB 13-023 – Concerning an Increase in the Limitation on the Amount of Damages that May be Recovered by an Injured Party Under the “Colorado Governmental Immunity Act.” This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

Currently, the “Colorado Governmental Immunity Act” (Act) sets as a maximum amount that may be recovered by a person suing a public entity or public employee for loss or injury caused by the entity or employee in any single occurrence, whether from one or more public entities and public employees:

  • For any injury to one person in any single occurrence, the sum of $150,000; and
  • For an injury to two or more persons in any single occurrence, the sum of $600,000, and, in such circumstances, the act prohibits any single person from recovering in excess of $150,000.

To ensure these limitations on damages reflect the effects of inflation since the specific limitations were last increased by the general assembly, the bill increases the damages limitation for any injury to one person in any single occurrence to $478,000. For an injury to two or more persons in any single occurrence, the bill increases the damages limitation to $990,000 and further specifies that, in such circumstances, a single person is precluded from recovering in excess of $478,000.

The bill further provides that the increased damages amounts are:

  • Exclusive of interest awarded; and
  • Adjusted for inflation every four years. The bill requires the attorney general to make this required adjustment on an every four-year basis commencing Jan. 1, 2018, to certify the amount of the adjustment, and to publish the amount of the adjustment on the attorney general’s web site.

The bill is assigned to the Judiciary Committee.