July 17, 2019

Bills to Allow Governments to Invest in Securities, Decriminalize Prohibited Practices by Lobbyists, Extend Duty to Warn, and More Signed by Governor

On Monday, April 7, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper signed 10 more bills into law. To date, he has signed 129 bills into law and vetoed two bills. The bills signed on Monday are summarized here.

  • SB 14-022 – Concerning Certified Community Development Financial Institutions, and, in Connection Therewith, Authorizing Such Institutions to Serve as a Qualified Holder and to Present a Request for Full or Partial Release of Collateral Pledged without Presentation of the Original Promissory Note, by Sen. John Kefalas and Rep. Rhonda Fields. The bill allows local governments to invest funds in certain securities offered by a community development financial institution.
  • SB 14-058Concerning High School Equivalency Examinations in Colorado, by Sen. Nancy Todd and Rep. Carole Murray. The bill changes the term “General Equivalency Diploma” or “GED” to “High School Equivalency Examination.”
  • SB 14-098 – Concerning Clarifications to Statutory Language on Crimes Against At-Risk Elders, by Sen. Rachel Zenzinger and Reps. Mike Foote & Sue Schafer. The bill clarifies statutory language regarding crimes against at-risk elders.
  • 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, by the Joint Budget Committee. The bill eliminates an appropriation of $2 million that was to be used for disease management and treatment programs because no such programs were created.
  • SB 14-110Concerning the General Assembly’s Development of Recommendations Regarding New Methods of Financing the State’s Ongoing Capital Construction Needs, by the Joint Budget Committee. The bill changes the deadline for a report containing recommendations for new methods of financing the state’s ongoing capital construction.
  • SB 14-119Concerning the Decriminalization of Certain Prohibited Practices by Persons Engaged in Lobbying, by Sens. Rollie Heath & Bill Cadman and Reps. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst & Brian DelGrosso. The bill decriminalizes certain financial, dishonest, threatening, or unprofessional practices by lobbyists, including making excessive payments to covered officials, knowingly attempting to deceive covered officials, attempting to influence covered officials by threats or intimidation, and knowingly promoting legislation in order to oppose it in the future.
  • HB 14-1105 – Concerning the Exemption from the State Gasoline and Special Fuel Tax of Sales Between Governmental Entities, by Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush and Sen. Nancy Todd. The bill allows governmental entities with fuel tax exemptions to sell or purchase fuel from other governmental entities with fuel tax exemptions.
  • HB 14-1136 – Concerning Exempting a Continuing Professional Education Program that is Approved by a State Professional Licensing Board from Regulation by the Division of Private Occupational Schools in the Department of Higher Education, by Rep. Dianne Primavera and Sen. Nancy Todd. The bill exempts certain qualifying nonprofit occupational schools from oversight by the Department of Higher Education.
  • HB 14-1271 – Concerning Extending a Mental Health Provider’s Duty to Warn to Include Specific Entities that, if Purposefully Damaged or Attacked as a Result of a Mental Health Patient’s Violent Behavior, Would Jeopardize Public Health and Safety, by Rep. Jovan Melton and Sen. Linda Newell. The bill extends civil liability for mental health providers to organizations that provide mental health services, and extends the duty to warn to include a warning to specific entities that, if attacked, would pose harm to public health and safety.
  • HB 14-1274 – Concerning the Modification of Certain Limitations on the Managers of a Bank Chartered by Colorado, by Reps. Tracy Kraft-Tharp & Chris Holbert and Sen. Cheri Jahn. The bill repeals certain limitations on the qualifications for state bank directors.

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.