June 15, 2019

Governor Hickenlooper Signs Marijuana Packaging Bills and More into Law

As the 2014 legislative session continues, Governor Hickenlooper continues to sign bills into law. To date, he has signed 82 bills into law. Some of his most recent legislative decisions are summarized below.

Governor Hickenlooper signed two bills on Monday, March 17, 2014.

  • HB 14-1122 – Concerning Provisions to Keep Legal Marijuana from Underage Persons, by Rep. Daniel Kagan and Sen. Linda Newell. The bill requires that all medical marijuana be sold in child-proof packaging unless the patient has a doctor’s note explaining why he or she cannot open child-proof packages. It also changes the classification of the crime of selling recreational marijuana to someone under age 21 to a Class 1 misdemeanor.
  • HB 14-1229 – Concerning Authorizing Sharing Information Between State and Local Government Agencies Related to Legal Marijuana, by Reps. Daniel Kagan and Jared Wright and Sens. Mike Johnston and Steve King. The bill conforms retail marijuana licensing law to medical marijuana licensing law by allowing local districts to submit persons applying for retail marijuana establishment licenses to a CBI background check.

Governor Hickenlooper signed 13 bills on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

  • SB 14-043 – Concerning the Inclusion of Certain Land Areas Used to Grow Products that Originate Above the Ground Within the Classification of “All Other Agricultural Property” for Property Tax Purposes, by Sen. Kevin Grantham and Rep. Kevin Priola. The bill specifies that greenhouses, nurseries, and other horticultural and agricultural operations are classified as “all other agricultural property” and is assessed according to the market value of other agricultural land within the county.
  • SB 14-048 – Concerning Use of the Most Recent United States Census Bureau Mortality Table as Evidence of the Expectancy of Continued Life of Any Person in a Civil Action in Colorado, by Sen. Lucia Guzman and Rep. Mark Waller. The bill repeals the mortality table included in Colorado law and requires courts to use the U.S. Census Bureau life expectancy information in civil actions.
  • SB 14-052 – Concerning Actions Taken to Remediate Soil Erosion Creating Property Damage, by Sen. Larry Crowder and Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg. The bill allows counties to consult with specialists regarding soil erosion, and to recover monies from landowners failing to treat soil erosion.
  • SB 14-083 – 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, by Sen. Larry Crowder and Rep. Mark Ferrandino. The bill authorizes the State Board of Equalization to waive the requirement that a county reimburse it for costs involved with reappraisal of property.

Governor Hickenlooper signed 10 bills on Friday, March 21, 2014.

  • SB 14-059 – Concerning Eliminating the Statute of Limitations for Offenses that Accompany Sex Offenses that are Not Subject to a Statute of Limitations, by Sen. Lucia Guzman and Rep. Polly Lawrence. The bill removes the statute of limitations for offenses that accompany sex offenses not subject to a statute of limitations.
  • SB 14-097 – Concerning the Immunity of Public Agencies Against Liability Arising from the Wildfire Mitigation Activities of Insurance Companies, by Sen. Lois Tochtrop and Rep. Millie Hamner. The bill clarifies that public agencies are not responsible for the actions of insurance companies or their representatives, and clarifies that insurance companies are not immune from liability under the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act.
  • HB 14-1052 – Concerning an Increase in the Enforcement Authority of Ground Water Management Districts, by Rep. Randy Fischer and Sen. Matt Jones. The bill allows ground water management districts to enforce permits, issue orders, collect fines, and collect court costs and attorney fees.
  • HB 14-1215 – Concerning the Ability of a Federal Home Loan Bank to Enforce its Rights with Regard to Collateral Subject to a Security Agreement, by Rep. Joann Ginal and Sen. Lois Tochtrop. The bill prohibits a receiver or liquidator of an insolvent insurer from avoiding obligations to a federal home loan bank regarding collateral under a security agreement.

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

e-Legislative Report: February 10, 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.

At the meeting on Friday, Feb. 7, the CBA LPC:

  • Voted to oppose HB 14-1153. Concerning attorney fees when an action is dismissed prior to trial.

At the Capitol—Week of Feb. 3

A scorecard of the committee and floor work follows.

In the House

Monday, Feb. 3

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1026. Concerning the authorization of flexible water markets. Vote: 47 yes, 13 no, and 5 excused.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1047. Concerning restrictions on the publishing of basic identification information on commercial web sites. Vote: 45 yes, 19 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1079. Concerning an increase in the monetary amount allowed for the limited offering registration procedure under the “Colorado Securities Act.” Vote: 64 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1069. Concerning district commissions on judicial performance. Vote: 62 yes, 2 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1051. Concerning a strategic plan for enrolling all eligible persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities into programs at the time services and supports are needed, and, in connection therewith, requiring the department of health care policy and financing to develop and implement the strategic plan and to report annually on the number of persons waiting for services and supports. Vote: 64 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • HB 14-1010. Concerning corrections to statutory provisions relating to the prescribed burning program administered by the division of fire prevention and control in the department of public safety. Vote: 64 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.

Thursday, Feb. 6

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1052. Concerning an increase in the enforcement authority of ground water management districts. Vote: 38 yes, 24 no, and 3 excused.
  • HB 14-1146. Concerning a prohibition against greyhound racing in Colorado. Vote: 39 yes, 23 no, and 1 excused.

In the Senate

Monday, Feb. 3

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • SB 14-84. Concerning the election of a county commissioner in a county with a population of less than seventy thousand by the voters residing in the district from which the commissioner runs for election. Vote: 35 yes and 0 no.
  • SB 14-59. Concerning eliminating the statute of limitations for offenses that accompany sex offenses that are not subject to a statute of limitations. Vote: 30 yes and 5 no.
  • HB 14-1019. Concerning the enactment of Colorado Revised Statutes 2013 as the positive and statutory law of the state of Colorado. Vote: 21 yes and 14 no.
  • SB 14-80. Concerning the elimination of the list of certain additional qualifications that apply to property valuation appeal arbitrators. Vote: 35 yes and 0 no.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • SB 14-63. Concerning the mandatory review of existing executive branch agency rules conducted by each principal department. Vote 33 yes and 2 absent.

Stay tuned for 10 bills of interest.

SB 14-059: Eliminating Statute of Limitations for Non-Sex Offenses That Accompany Sex Offenses

On Friday, January 10, 2014, Sen. Lucia Guzman introduced SB 14-059 – Concerning Eliminating the Statute of Limitations for Offenses that Accompany Sex Offenses that Are not Subject to a Statute of Limitations. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

Under current law, certain sex offenses are not subject to a statute of limitations, but accompanying non-sex offenses are subject to a statute of limitations. The bill would eliminate the statute of limitations for those accompanying offenses. On Jan. 27 the Judiciary Committee approved the bill and sent it to the floor for consideration on 2nd Reading; on Jan. 30, the Senate passed the bill on 2nd Reading after adopting amendments.

Since this summary, the Senate passed the bill on Third Reading.