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e-Legislative Report: January 20, 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 its Jan. 17 meeting, the LPC voted to support HB 14-1050. Concerning an increase in the number of judges for the eighteenth judicial district. By Rep. Kagan and Sen. Guzman. The bill increases the number of judges for the 18th judicial district from 21 to 23. The bill was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on a 9–0 vote on Jan. 16. The bill moves to the Appropriations Committee for consideration of the cost to the state.

At the Capitol—Week of Jan. 13

The week of Jan. 13 was relatively light in terms of bills running through the committees of reference and floor work in both chambers. A recap of the committee and floor work follows.

In the Senate

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Senate Finance Committee gave initial approval to SB 14-19. Concerning the state income tax filing status of two taxpayers who may legally file a joint federal income tax return. By Sen. Steadman and Rep. Moreno. The CBA LPC voted to support this legislation at its Dec. 13, 2013 meeting. The bill requires any two taxpayers who may legally file a joint federal income tax return to file separate state income tax returns if they file separate federal income tax returns and to file a joint state income tax return if they file a joint federal income tax return. The bill was amended to allow amended tax returns three years in the past. The bill moves to the floor for debate and vote on 2nd Reading.

On Wednesday, Jan. 15, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved—with amendments—SB 14-27. Concerning criminal history background checks for professionals who have the authority to appear in court. By Sen. Guzman. The bill requires a fingerprint-based criminal history background check for a law license applicant and a child and family investigator. The CBA LPC voted to support this legislation at its Dec. 13 meeting. The bill moves to the Finance Committee for review. The Senate Judiciary Committee also amended and approved SB 14-09. Concerning a disclosure of possible separate ownership of the mineral estate in the sale of real property. By Sen. Hodge and Rep. Moreno. As the bill title states, the bill requires a seller to disclose in the sale of real property that a separate mineral estate may subject the property to oil, gas, or mineral extraction.

In the House

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the House Judiciary Committee approved (unanimous vote) HB 14-1019. Concerning the enactment of Colorado Revised Statutes 2013 as the positive and statutory law of the state of Colorado, by Rep. Gardner and Sen. Steadman. The bill moved to the floor where it was approved on 2nd Reading on Friday, Jan. 17. Also on a unanimous vote, the Judiciary Committee defeated HB 14-1025. Concerning the determination of competency to proceed for individuals in the juvenile justice system, by Rep. Rosenthal and Sen. Newell.

On Wednesday, Jan. 15, the House Transportation and Energy Committee approved HB 14-1027. Concerning the clarification of the definition of a plug-in electric motor vehicle, by Rep. Fischer and Sen. Jones. The bill, among other things, defines “plug-in electric motor vehicle” to include motor vehicles that are certified to be eligible for a particular federal tax credit. The bill moves to the floor of the House for consideration on 2nd Reading.

The House Judiciary Committee

The Judiciary Committee gave unanimous approval of the legislation to increase the number of judges in the 18th Judiciary District on Thursday, Jan. 16. The bill, HB 14-1050. Concerning an increase in the number of judges for the eighteenth judicial district, by Rep. Kagan and Sen. Guzman, increases the number of judges in the 18 JD from 21 to 23. The bill moves to the Appropriations Committee for consideration of the Fiscal Impact to the state. This bill will be on a fast track due to internal legislative rules that require bills to increase the number of judges to be through the entire legislative process by March 7. The CBA LPC voted to support this legislation at its Jan. 17 meeting.

Stay tuned for ten bills of interest.