November 20, 2018

Bills Signed Enacting “Living Organ Donor Support Act,” Increasing School District Access to Technology, and More

On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper signed three bills into law. To date, he has signed 229 bills and sent two to the Secretary of State without a signature. The bills signed Wednesday are summarized here.

  • SB 18-158 – “Concerning Measures to Increase School District Access to Interoperable Communication Technology to Improve School Safety, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation,” by Sens. Don Coram & Leroy Garcia and Reps. Crisanta Duran & Marc Catlin. The bill creates the school access for emergency response grant program in the division of homeland security and emergency management in the Department of Public Safety . The purpose of the grant program is to provide funding for interoperable communication hardware, software, equipment maintenance, and training to allow for seamless communications between existing school communications systems and first responder communications systems. Grant recipients may use the money received through the grant program to deliver training programs to teach effective communications with first responders in an emergency, to implement an interoperable technology solution to provide or upgrade a system for effective communication with first responders in an emergency, to maintain, improve, or provide interoperable communications hardware or software, and for any necessary radio system capacity expansions where school loading has been determined to have a significant impact on public safety system loading.
  • SB 18-262 – “Concerning Targeted Funding for Public Institutions of Higher Education to Help Achieve the Colorado Commission on Higher Education Master Plan Goals, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation,” by Sen. Bob Gardner and Reps. Crisanta Duran & Jeff Bridges. The bill makes appropriations to the Department of Higher Education for need-based grants, student stipends, fee-for-service contracts with institutions of higher education, local district college grants, and area technical colleges.
  • HB 18-1202 – “Concerning an Income Tax Credit for an Employer Related to an Employee’s Paid Leave of Absence for the Purpose of Making an Organ Donation, and, in Connection Therewith, Enacting the ‘Living Organ Donor Support Act,'” by Rep. Alec Garnett and Sen. Bob Gardner. Beginning January 1, 2020, an employer is allowed an income tax credit that is an amount equal to 35% of the employer’s expenses incurred in paying an employee during his or her leave of absence period, which is paid leave given to an employee for the purpose of making an organ donation, but which does not exceeding 10 working days or the hourly equivalent thereof; and for the cost of temporary replacement help, if any, during an employee’s leave of absence period. An employer shall not claim a tax credit related to a leave of absence period for an employee who the employer pays wages of $80,000 or more during the income tax year.

For a complete list of Governor Hickenlooper’s 2018 legislative decisions, click here.