March 21, 2019

Governor Polis Signs First Bills of 2019 Legislative Session Into Law

On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, Governor Polis signed seven bills into law. These bills were the first bills signed during this 2019 legislative session. The bills signed Wednesday are summarized here.

  • HB 19-1005: “Concerning an Income Tax Credit for Certain Early Childhood Educators,” by Reps. Janet Buckner & James Wilson and Sens. Nancy Todd & Kevin Priola. The bill provides an income tax credit to eligible early childhood educators who hold an early childhood professional credential and who, for at least 6 months of the taxable year, are either the head of a family child care home or are employed with an eligible early childhood education program or a family child care home. 
  • HB 19-1015: “Concerning the Recreation of the Colorado Water Institute,” by Rep. Jeni James Arndt and Sen. Joann Ginal. The Colorado water institute was created in 1981 and automatically repealed in 2017. The bill recreates the institute.
  • SB 19-018: “Concerning the Age Requirement to Drive a Commercial Vehicle in Interstate Commerce,” by Sens. Ray Scott & Vicki Marble and Reps. Barbara McLachlan & Lori Saine. The bill authorizes the department of revenue to adopt rules authorizing a person who is at least 18 years of age but under 21 years of age to be licensed to drive a commercial vehicle in interstate commerce if the person holds a commercial driver’s license and operation of a commercial vehicle in interstate commerce by a person in that age range is permitted under federal law.
  • SB 19-021: “Concerning Eliminating the Requirement that the State Board of Health Approve the Retention of Counsel in Certain Circumstances,” by Sen. Dominick Moreno and Rep. Hugh McKean. The bill removes the requirement that the State Board of Health approve the retention of counsel when the executive director of the Department of Public Health and Environment seeks to bring an action to enjoin, prosecute, or enforce public health laws or standards and the local district attorney fails to act.
  • SB 19-028: “Concerning the Authority of Licensing Authorities to Continue to Issue Certain Fermented Malt Beverage Retail Licenses in Rural Areas,” by Sens. Chris Holbert & Jeff Bridges and Reps. Hugh McKean & Julie McCluskie. Recent legislation (Senate Bill 18-243) terminated the licensing of retailers to sell fermented malt beverages (formerly known as “3.2 beer” but now including all beer) for consumption on and off a licensed premises, requiring the holder of such a license to combine its renewal application with an application to convert the license into either a license to sell for consumption on the licensed premises or a license to sell for consumption off the licensed premises.The bill lifts the requirement to convert an existing license, and reinstates the availability of new licenses, in specified areas with low populations.
  • SB 19-045: “Concerning Clarifying that Members of the Radiation Advisory Committee are Reimbursed for Expenses Incurred for Authorized Business of the Committee,” by Sen. Dominick Moreno and Rep. Edie Hooten. The bill clarifies that members of the radiation advisory committee are reimbursed for necessary and actual expenses incurred in attendance at meetings or for authorized business of the committee.
  • SB 19-058: “Concerning the Enactment of the Colorado Revised Statutes 2018 as the Positive and Statutory Law of the State of Colorado,” by Sen. Pete Lee and Rep. Leslie Herod. This bill enacts the softbound volumes of the Colorado Revised Statutes 2018 and the Special Supplement 2018 as the positive and statutory law of the state of Colorado and establishes the effective date of said publications.

For more information about the signed bills, click here.