July 22, 2019

College Affordability Act, Budget Bill, and Other Bills Signed by Governor

As the legislature winds down the 2014 legislative session, Governor Hickenlooper continues to sign legislation that passes both houses. To date, the governor has signed 165 bills and vetoed two. He signed seven bills into law on April 25, 2014, he signed the Long Bill (budget bill) on April 30, he signed the College Affordability Act on May 1, and he signed nine bills on May 2. These are summarized here.

April 25, 2014

  • HB 14-1092 – Concerning the Voluntary Contribution Designation Benefitting the Colorado Youth Conservation Corps Fund that Appears on the State Individual Income Tax Return Forms, by Rep. Edward Vigil and Sen. John Kefalas. The bill creates a new income tax donation checkoff to benefit the Colorado Youth Conservation Corps.
  • HB 14-1107 – Concerning the Authority of the Department of Revenue to Offer Taxpayers the Option to Receive Electronic Notices, by Rep. Max Tyler and Sen. Linda Newell. The bill allows the Department of Revenue to transmit taxpayer notices electronically.
  • HB 14-1176 – Concerning the State Audit Cycle of the Emissions Program for Motor Vehicles, by Rep. Su Ryden and Sen. Lois Tochtrop. The bill changes the state audit cycle of the emissions program from once every three years to once every five years.
  • HB 14-1277 – Concerning Eligibility Requirements for Recipients of Grants from the Military Family Relief Fund, by Rep. Jovan Melton and Sen. Nancy Todd. The bill opens eligibility for grants from the Military Family Relief Fund to families of Colorado National Guard members and families of military personnel called to duty by executive order of the governor.
  • HB 14-1286 – Concerning Authorization for the State Treasurer to Loan to the State Historical Society for Public Display Items Presented to the Governor as Gifts to the State, by Rep. Jovan Melton and Sen. Pat Steadman. The bill allows the treasurer to loan items that were gifts to the state to the History Colorado and museums for display.
  • HB 14-1289 – Concerning the Reinvestment of Unused Governmental Moneys Held by a Financial Institution that are in Excess of the Amount Insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Accounts in Other Financial Institutions, by Rep. Frank McNulty and Sen. Mike Johnston. The bill specifies that monies in excess of the amount protected by the FDIC may be deposited in other accounts rather than used for Certificates of Deposit.
  • HB 14-1299 – Concerning the Repeal of the Six-Year Limitation on Applying a Salvage Brand to a Motor Vehicle Whose Cost of Being Repaired Exceeds the Value of the Vehicle Without the Recent Damage, by Rep. Max Tyler and Sen. Nancy Todd. The bill removes the requirement that a vehicle be under six years old when the damage occurs in order to be considered a salvage vehicle.

April 30, 2014

  • HB 14-1336 – Long Appropriations Bill, by the Joint Budget Committee. This bill presents the budget for fiscal year 2014-2015.

May 1, 2014

  • SB 14-001Concerning Making College Education More Affordable by Imposing Further Restrictions on Tuition Increases, Increasing Financial Aid, and Increasing Operating Support for Each Governing Board of a State-Supported Institution of Higher Education by Eleven Percent and, In Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation, by Sens. Cheri Jahn & Andy Kerr and Reps. Leroy Garcia & Mike McLachlan. The bill caps the annual increase in the rate of undergraduate in-state tuition for state supported institutions of higher education and appropriates $100,050,000 to the Department of Higher Education to support various financial aid programs and for the College Opportunity Fund and fee-for-service contracts.

May 2, 2014

  • SB 14-027 – Concerning Criminal History Background Checks for Professionals who Have the Authority to Appear in Court, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation, by Sen. Lucia Guzman and Rep. Pete Lee. The bill authorizes the Colorado Supreme Court to request CBI criminal background checks as part of the licensing process for attorneys.
  • SB 14-114 – Concerning Expanding Access for All Students to Colorado State University – Global Campus, by Sen. Nancy Todd and Reps. Millie Hamner & Chris Holbert. The bill allows CSU Global Campus to offer complete degree programs online.
  • SB 14-135 – Concerning the Repeal of Certain Provisions Concerning the Purchasing of Firearms in States that are Contiguous to Colorado, by Sen. Greg Brophy and Rep. Jared Wright. The bill generally allows purchases of firearms in states contiguous to Colorado and generally allows gun sales to residents of contiguous states.
  • SB 14-146 – Concerning Information that the Department of Transportation May Consider when Conducting a Traffic Investigation for the Purpose of Determining the Appropriate Speed Limit for a Portion of a State Highway for which a Municipality has Proposed a Speed Limit Alteration, by Sen. Gail Schwartz and Rep. Jim Wilson. The bill allows a local government that is proposing a speed limit adjustment to submit its own traffic data and  engineering reports.
  • HB 14-1193 – Concerning Requirements Governing the Imposition of a Fee for the Research and Retrieval of Public Records Under the “Colorado Open Records Act,” by Rep. Joseph Salazar and Sen. John Kefalas. The bill imposes certain restrictions on fees charged for the retrieval of records under the Colorado Open Records Act.
  • HB 14-1203 – Concerning Funding to Maintain the Infrastructure for the Digital Trunked Radio System, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation, by the Joint Budget Committee. The bill makes a budget appropriation to replace legacy radio equipment and hardware at radio tower sites.
  • HB 14-1302 – Concerning the Addition of a Judgment Against a Debtor or Transferee who Acts with Actual Intent as an Available Remedy for a Creditor in a Fraudulent Transfer Action, by Rep. John Buckner and Sen. Mike Johnston. The bill provides an additional remedy for creditors when a debtor fraudulently transfers property with the intent to hinder, delay, or defraud the creditor.
  • HB 14-1335 – Concerning Campaign Contribution Limits that are Applicable to Candidate Committees for Candidates who are not Affiliated with a Major Political Party, by Rep. Dominick Moreno and Sen. Matt Jones. The bill allows write-in, unaffiliated, or minor party candidates to accept contributions up to the aggregate contribute limit for the election cycle.
  • HB 14-1342 – Concerning Transfers of Moneys Related to Capital Construction, by the Joint Budget Committee. The bill makes three transfers to the capital construction fund in fiscal year 2014-15.

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

e-Legislative Report: February 17, 2014

CBA Legislative Policy Committee

For readers who are new to CBA legislative activity, the Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) is the CBA’s legislative policy-making arm during the legislative session. The LPC meets weekly during the legislative session to determine CBA positions on requests from the various sections and committees of the Bar Association.

The LPC did not meet on Friday, Feb. 14.

At the Capitol—Week of Feb. 10

A scorecard of the committee and floor work follows.

In the House

Monday, Feb. 10

Passed 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1073. Concerning the recording of legal documents. Vote: 58 yes, 5 no, and 2 excused.
  • SB 14-7.Concerning authority for a board of county commissioners to transfer county general fund moneys to its county road and bridge fund after a declared disaster emergency in the county. Vote: 63 yes, 0 no, and 2 excused.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Passed 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1022. Concerning alignment of the duration of the child care authorization notice with the child care assistance eligibility period for children participating in the Colorado child care assistance program. Vote 64 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • Supplemental Appropriations bills for various departments were approved on 3rd and final reading in the House: Agriculture, Corrections, Education, Governor, Health Care Policy & Financing, Higher Education, Human Services, Law (Attorney General), Local Affairs, Natural Resources, Personnel & Administration, Public Health & Environment, Public Safety, Revenue, State, Treasury, and the Judicial Branch.
  • HB 14-1252. Concerning funding for system capacity changes related to intellectual and developmental disabilities waiver services, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations. Vote: 64 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1103. Concerning the criteria that certain securities must meet to qualify as legal investments for public funds. Vote 64 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1018. Concerning the requirement that the department of revenue prepare a tax profile and expenditure report every two years. Vote 64 yes, 0 no and, 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1112. Concerning limited authorization for a county clerk and recorder to redact the first five digits of a social security number from a public document recorded with the clerk and recorder at the request of the individual to whom the social security number is assigned. Vote 64 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1130. Concerning the disposition of moneys charged to borrowers for costs to be paid in connection with foreclosure. (See below for summary.) Vote 64 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1065. Concerning limits on indemnification provisions in motor carrier transportation contracts. Vote 41 yes, 23 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1099. Concerning prescription drugs in the practice of optometry. Vote 64 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.

Thursday, Feb. 13

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1110. Concerning procedures governing discussions by boards of education of school districts while meeting in executive session. Vote: 34 yes and 31 no.

Friday, Feb. 14

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1122. Concerning provisions to keep legal marijuana from underage persons. (See below for summary.) Vote: 63 yes, 0 no, and 2 excused.

In the Senate

Monday, Feb. 10

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • SB 14-83. Concerning reimbursement to be paid by a county to the state for costs incurred by the state in connection with the reappraisal of property in the county. Vote 34 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • SB 14-102. Concerning the addition of employment positions held at financial institutions to the circumstances under which an employer may use consumer credit information for employment purposes. (See below for summary.) Vote 34 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • SB 14-98. Concerning clarifications to statutory language on crimes against at-risk elders. (See below for summary.) Vote 34 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • SB 14-89. Concerning a prohibition for the state to enter into an agreement for a payment in lieu of taxes. Vote: 21 yes, 13, no and 1 excused.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1020. Concerning the consolidation of two reports on taxable property that county assessors submit to their boards of equalization. Vote: 34 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • SB 14-95. Concerning the ability of a prescription drug outlet to compound drugs for distribution to a Colorado hospital. Vote: 34 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • SB 14-96. Concerning renaming state veterans nursing homes to veterans community living centers to more accurately reflect the wide array of services provided to state veterans. Vote: 34 yes and 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1164. Concerning nonpartisan elections not coordinated by a county clerk and recorder, and, in connection therewith, creating the “Colorado Local Government Election Code” for the conduct of such elections by special districts, harmonizing residency requirements for voter registration, modifying the “Colorado Municipal Election Code of 1965”, and clarifying when elections are coordinated by county clerk and recorders. Vote: 19 yes, 13 no, and 3 excused. (Notice of intent to reconsider final vote submitted.)

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • SB 14-21. Concerning the treatment of persons with mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice systems, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. Vote: 35 yes and 0 no.
  • SB 14-27. Concerning criminal history background checks for professionals who have the authority to appear in court, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. Vote: 35 yes and 0 no.
  • SB 14-109. Concerning the use of the prevention, early detection, and treatment fund, and, in connection therewith, eliminating the annual transfer of two million dollars from the fund to the department of health care policy and financing for medicaid disease management and treatment programs that address cancer, heart disease, and lung disease or risk factors associated with those diseases and increasing the amount annually appropriated from the fund to the prevention services division of the department of public health and environment for the cancer, cardiovascular disease, and chronic pulmonary disease prevention, early detection, and treatment program by two million dollars. Vote: 35 yes and 0 no.
  • SB 14-120. Concerning the continuous appropriation of certain amounts in the state employee workers’ compensation account in the risk management fund. Vote: 35 yes and 0 no.
  • SB 14-30. Concerning the fee charged to issue a special license plate to a person with a distinguished flying cross that was awarded for valor, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. Vote 32 yes and 3 no.
  • SB 14-62. Concerning reinstatement of the parent-child legal relationship. Vote: 35 yes and 0 no.

Friday, Feb. 14

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • Upon a motion for reconsideration: HB 14-1164. Concerning nonpartisan elections not coordinated by a county clerk and recorder, and, in connection therewith, creating the “Colorado Local Government Election Code” for the conduct of such elections by special districts, harmonizing residency requirements for voter registration, modifying the “Colorado Municipal Election Code of 1965”, and clarifying when elections are coordinated by county clerk and recorders. Final Vote: 18 yes, 16 no, and 1 excused.

Stay tuned for 10 bills of interest.

SB 14-027: Requiring Criminal Background Checks for Law License Applicants and CFIs

On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, Sen. Lucia Guzman introduced SB 14-027 – Concerning Criminal History Background Checks for Professionals Who Have the Authority to Appear in Court. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill requires a fingerprint-based criminal history background check for a law license applicant and a child and family investigator. The bill updates the license to practice law statute. The bill cleared the Judiciary and the Finance Committees on Jan. 15 and 23 respectively; it now goes to the full Senate for consideration on 2nd Reading.