July 16, 2019

Bills Regarding Joint Tax Returns for Partners in Civil Unions, Funding for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, Appropriations, and More Signed

On Thursday, February 27, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper signed 28 bills into law. Seventeen of the bills were supplemental appropriations bills, which are not summarized here, but many of the other bills are highlighted below. To date, the governor has signed 35 bills into law.

  • SB 14-004 – Concerning the Role and Mission of Community Colleges, by Sen. Nancy Todd and Reps. James Wilson and Jenise May. The bill allows community colleges to provide Bachelor of Applied Science degrees.
  • SB 14-019 – Concerning the State Income Tax Filing Status of Two Taxpayers who may Legally File a Joint Federal Tax Return, by Sen. Pat Steadman and Reps. Dominick Moreno and Joann Ginal. The bill requires partners in a civil union who are eligible to file their federal income taxes jointly or separately to file their Colorado taxes with the same filing status. It also changes statutory language from “spouses” to “taxpayers” in many places.
  • SB 14-025 – Concerning Grants for Domestic Wastewater Treatment Works for Small Communities, by Sen. Mary Hodge and Rep. Randy Fischer. The bill makes grants available for small communities for projects to assist domestic wastewater treatment works. This program is to supplement an existing grant program for which grants have not been available since 2006.
  • SB 14-067 – Concerning Aligning Certain State Medical Assistance Programs’ Eligibility Laws with the Federal “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”, by Sen. Irene Aguilar and Rep. Jonathan Singer. The bill changes statutory language regarding eligibility for medical assistance, electronic data collection for determination of eligibility, and eligibility requirements for pregnant women and children.
  • HB 14-1004 – Concerning Emergency Management, and, in Connection Therewith, Eliminating and Reorganizing Two Entities Within the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the Department of Public Safety and Authorizing the Governor to Provide Individual Assistance During a Disaster Absent a Presidential Declaration of the Same, by Reps. Mike Foote and Stephen Humphrey. The bill reorganizes certain functions within the Department of Public Safety and authorizes the governor to provide financial assistance in times of emergency without a presidential declaration.
  • HB 14-1078 – Concerning Changes to the Public Education Accreditation Statutes as a Result of Legislative Review of the Rules of the State Board of Education, and, in Connection Therewith, Clarifying the Term “Public School” in the Accreditation Statutes, by Rep. Brittany Pettersen and Sen. Mike Johnston. The bill clarifies that schools that online programs housed in public schools are not considered online schools, and allows automatic renewal of accreditation of schools the category of accredited with an improvement plan or higher.
  • HB 14-1250 – Concerning Authorizing Payments from the Contingency Reserve Fund for the 2013-14 Budget Year for School Districts that are in Significant Financial Need Due to Unanticipated Events Occurring in the 2013-14 Budget Year, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation, by Rep. Jenise May and Sen. Pat Steadman. The bill appropriates moneys from the General Fund to be used for school districts that were impacted by the flooding in September 2013.
  • 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, by Reps. Jenise May and Cheri Gerou and Sen. Pat Steadman. The bill adjusts the amount of funds for certain intellectual and developmental disability services, and requires the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to collect reports on the effectiveness and use of funds.

For a complete list of the governor’s 2014 legislative decisions, click here.

e-Legislative Report: February 3, 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, Jan. 31, the CBA LPC voted on several bills:

  • The Committee voted to support HB 14-1069. Concerning district commissions on judicial performance.
  • The Committee voted to oppose HB 14-1110. Concerning procedures governing discussions by boards of education of school districts while meeting in executive session.
  • The Committee voted to take no position on two bills: HB 14-1041. Concealed Handgun Carry without a Permit, and HB 14-38. Governor cannot restrict firearms during emergency.

At the Capitol—Week of Jan. 27

In the House

Monday, Jan. 27

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. The vote: 65 yes, 0 no.
  • HB 14-1020. Concerning the consolidation of two reports on taxable property that county assessors submit to their boards of equalization. The vote: 65 yes, 0 no.
  • HB 14-1059. Concerning clarifying that the ritual discharge of blank ammunition cartridges at a military funeral does not constitute the criminal offense of disorderly conduct. The vote: 65 yes, 0 no.

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1050. Concerning an increase in the number of judges for the Eighteenth Judicial District, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. The vote: 58 yes, 4 no, and 3 excused.
  • HB 14-1035. Concerning collection of restitution ordered pursuant to a deferred judgment. The vote: 62 yes, 0 no, and 3 excused.
  • HB 14-1086. Concerning a requirement that a legal notice published in a newspaper is also published on a statewide web site maintained by a majority of Colorado newspapers. The vote: 55 yes, 7 no, and 3 excused.

Thursday, Jan. 30

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • HB 14-1005. Concerning clarification of the requirements applicable to a change of point of water diversion. The vote: 61 yes, 2 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. The vote 37 yes, 25 no, and 2 excused.

In the Senate

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • SB 14-007. 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. The vote: 35 yes, 0 no.

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Passed on 3rd Reading:

  • 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. The vote: 34 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • SB 14-076. Concerning the creation of a hard rock mining permit issued by the division of reclamation, mining, and safety for mining operations disturbing no more than five acres of surface area. The vote: 34 yes, 0 no, and 1 excused.
  • SB 14-067. Concerning aligning certain state medical assistance programs’ eligibility laws with the federal “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”. The vote: 20 yes, 14 no, and 1 excused.
  • SB 14-052. Concerning actions taken to remediate soil erosion creating property damage. The vote: 30 yes, 4 no, and 1 excused.