Legislation - 2016

HB16-1011: METROPOLITAN DISTRICT AUTHORITY PROMOTE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Rep. Vigil & Sen. Garcia, Sen. Grantham

The bill removes a specified minimum dollar amount of valuation for assessment of commercial property in a metropolitan district that is currently required for the district's board to provide activities in support of business development within the district.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

HB16-1024: EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONDER REGISTRATION PROGRAM

Rep. Sias & Sen. Garcia

Current law gives oversight of first responders to the department of public safety. The bill changes the name of first responders to emergency medical responders and creates a registration program for the emergency medical responders in the department of public health and environment (department). The bill requires the department to administer the registration program beginning July 1, 2017, and authorizes the department to promulgate rules to administer the program. The department is authorized to grant a provisional registration certification for up to 90 days prior to an applicant receiving registration. The department is also authorized to promulgate rules concerning the recognition of training programs and continued competency requirements for emergency medical responders. The department is authorized to investigate complaints against emergency medical responders and to take disciplinary action against emergency medical responders.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

HB16-1106: COUNTY AUTHORITY TO DESIGNATE PIONEER TRAIL

Rep. Wilson & Sen. Garcia, Sen. Grantham

The bill authorizes a board of county commissioners to designate, by resolution, any public roads in the county as a section of a pioneer trail. A pioneer trail consists of public roads that follow as closely as possible the original trails or routes of travel of national historic significance. To make a designation, the board must identify all of the roads that make up the pioneer trail. If any of the designated roads are part of the state highway system, the board shall send a copy of the resolution to the department of transportation. A county may post, or allow to be posted, identifying and informative signs related to the pioneer trail along county roads

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

HB16-1136: MULTIPLE CREW MEMBERS REQUIRED FOR FREIGHT TRAINS

Rep. Esgar & Sen. Garcia

The bill requires a common carrier engaged in the transportation of property by railroad to have at least 2 crew members aboard a railroad train or light engine operated in connection with carrying freight while the freight train or light engine is moving. A violation of the requirement is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $250 to $1,000 for a first offense, $1,000 to $5,000 for a second offense committed within 3 years, or $5,000 to $10,000 for a third or subsequent offense committed within 3 years.

Postponed indefinitely in Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee

HB16-1170: SUNSET DIVISION RACING EVENTS

Rep. Vigil, Rep. Coram & Sen. Sonnenberg, Sen. Garcia

The bill implements the first recommendation contained in the department of regulatory agencies' sunset report on the division of racing events and the Colorado racing commission within the department of revenue by continuing the division and the Colorado racing commission to 2023.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

HB16-1284: DIVEST FROM COMPANIES WITH PROHIBITIONS AGAINST ISRAEL

Rep. Nordberg, Rep. Moreno & Sen. Hill, Sen. Garcia

The bill requires the public employees' retirement association (PERA) to make its best efforts to identify all companies that have economic prohibitions against Israel (restricted company), to assemble those identified companies into a list of restricted companies by January 1, 2017, and to review the list of restricted companies on a biannual basis. For each company on the list of restricted companies, the bill requires PERA to send a written notice informing the company of its status and that it may become subject to divestment by PERA. If a company ceases activity that designates it as a restricted company, PERA will remove the company from the list. If a company remains a restricted company 180 days following PERA's first engagement with the company, PERA is required to divest all direct holdings of the restricted company from its assets. If on the date of divestment PERA does not own direct holdings in a company on the list of restricted companies, PERA is prohibited from acquiring direct holdings in any company on the list of restricted companies during the time that it remains on the list. Upon request, and at least annually, PERA is required to make available on its website information regarding investments sold, redeemed, divested, or withdrawn in compliance with the bill. The bill specifies the circumstances under which PERA may cease divesting from companies, based on the value of the investments.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

HB19-1289: INCENTIVES TO COMPLETE CAREER DEVELOPMENT COURSES

Rep. Duran, Rep. Esgar & Sen. Garcia, Sen. Crowder

The bill creates the career development success pilot program to provide financial incentives for school districts and charter schools to encourage pupils enrolled in grades 9 through 12 to enroll in and successfully complete identified industry-certificate, internship, and pre-apprenticeship programs related to top jobs or jobs in other high-demand industries and computer science advanced placement (AP) courses. The state work force development council, in collaboration with the departments of education, higher education, and labor and employment and the office of economic development, must annually identify the level of regional and state demand for various jobs and those industry-certificate programs and qualifying internship and pre-apprenticeship programs that are related to the in-demand jobs. Starting June 30, 2016, each school district that chooses to participate, each nonparticipating school district on behalf of its charter schools that choose to participate, and the state charter school institute (institute) on behalf of institute charter schools that choose to participate, must annually report to the department of education (department) the number of students who successfully earned an industry certificate by completing an identified industry-certificate program or successfully completed an internship or pre-apprenticeship program or qualified to receive college credit for completing a computer science AP course for that school year. Beginning in the 2017-18 budget year and in each budget year thereafter, the general assembly shall appropriate at least $1,000,000 for the career development success pilot program. In each budget year, the department shall first distribute to each school district and, through the institute, to each institute charter school $1,000 for each student reported as successfully earning an industry certificate by completing an identified industry-certificate program in the preceding school year.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

HB16-1357: IMPLEMENT ST-ELEVATION MYOCARDIAL INFARCTIONS STEMI TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS

Rep. Primavera & Sen. Garcia, Sen. Cooke

In 2013, the general assembly enacted SB 13-225, which established a task force in the department of public health and environment (department) to study and make recommendations for developing a statewide plan to improve quality of care to STEMI heart attack patients. ("STEMI" is an acronym for ST-elevation myocardial infarctions.) The study was to explore, among other things, the creation of a database for collecting data on STEMI care and access to aggregated STEMI data from the database for purposes of improving STEMI heart attack care. The bill implements recommendations for the task force.

Postponed indefinitely in Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee

HB16-1402: PROHIBIT DEVICE WAGER PREVIOUS SPORTING EVENT

Rep. K. Becker, Rep. Lawrence & Sen. Holbert, Sen. Garcia

The bill: Defines a "racing replay and wagering device" as a mechanical, electronic, or computerized piece of equipment that can display a previously run sporting event and gives a player who places a wager on the outcome of the previously run sporting event an opportunity to win a thing of value, whether due to the skill of the player, chance, or both; Prohibits state and local governments from permitting the use of racing replay and wagering devices and prohibits racing licensees from using racing replay and wagering devices or allowing any person to use a racing replay and wagering device to place a wager on a previously run sporting event; and Excludes simulcast races from the prohibition.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

HB16-1424: QUALIFIED MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION PERSONNEL

Rep. Vigil & Sen. Garcia

Under current law, the department of public health and environment (CDHPE) oversees the administration of medications in prisons, jails, mental health facilities, and other state facilities. Section 1 of the bill specifies that "facility" also includes all services in support of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities that are funded through and regulated by the department of health care policy and financing (changed from the department of human services). Current law requires an unlicensed person who is a qualified manager to successfully complete a test pertaining to the administration of medication every 4 years. Section 1 of the bill eliminates the 4-year testing cycle and substitutes a requirement to successfully complete a competency evaluation. Sections 2 and 3 of the bill requires the department of human services, the department of health care policy and financing, and the department of corrections to develop and conduct a medication administration program. The bill permits CDPHE to establish the minimum requirements for course content, including competency evaluations, for medication administration and to determine compliance with the requirements for facilities. Section 4 of the bill prohibits an unlicensed person from filling and labeling medication reminder boxes until the person has successfully completed a competency evaluation from an approved training entity or approved by an authorized agency.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

HB16-1447: STATE FAIR FUNDING

Rep. Esgar & Sen. Garcia

The bill makes a one-time general fund transfer in the 2016-17 state fiscal year to the Colorado state fair authority cash fund for the purpose of renovating and enhancing the horse show arena area facilities used at the Colorado state fair.

Postponed indefinitely in Senate Finance Committee

HB16-1457: SALES AND USE TAX EXEMPTION RESIDENTIAL ENERGY

Rep. Garnett, Rep. Wilson & Sen. Neville, Sen. Garcia

The bill codifies the department of revenue's rule regarding the existing sales and use tax exemption for the sale, storage, use, or consumption, for residential use, of electricity, coal, wood, gas, fuel oil, or coke in order to clarify that the sales and use tax exemption applies to residences either billed under a single utility meter or a master utility meter and either charged at a residential, commercial, or other nonresidential utility rate, so long as the electricity, coal, wood, gas, fuel oil, or coke is used for powering lights, refrigerators, stoves, water heaters, space heaters, air conditioners, or other domestic items that require power or fuel in a residence. The bill also states, consistent with current practice, that "residential use" is presumed when a utility company charges a residential utility rate.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

HB16-1458: SPECIES CONSERVATION TRUST FUND PROJECTS

Rep. Vigil, Rep. Coram & Sen. Sonnenberg, Sen. Garcia

The bill appropriates money from the species conservation trust fund for programs submitted by the executive director of the department of natural resources that are designed to conserve native species that have been listed as threatened or endangered under state or federal law or that are candidate species or are likely to become candidate species as determined by the United States fish and wildlife service.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

SB16-060: STATE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR PROVIDING COURTS

Rep. Esgar & Sen. Garcia

Currently, the board of county commissioners in each county is fiscally responsible for providing and maintaining adequate courtrooms and other court facilities in their counties. The bill shifts that fiscal responsibility to the state over time by requiring the state to pay a specified amount of rent to each county based on the fair market value of the courtrooms and other facilities used by the judicial department in that county. The bill also specifies that after the state completely assumes such fiscal responsibility, the state may negotiate with the county to acquire the property from the county in lieu of continuing to pay rent.

Postponed indefinitely in Senate Appropriations Committee

SB16-069: COMMUNITY PARAMEDICINE REGULATION

Rep. Pabon & Sen. Garcia

Community paramedics are certified emergency medical service providers who provide community-based, out-of-hospital medical services to medically underserved and medically served, yet vulnerable, populations. Under current law, community paramedics and community paramedicine agencies are not subject to regulation by any state agency. Section 2 authorizes the executive director of the Colorado department of public health and environment (department) to adopt rules for the endorsement of emergency medical service providers as community paramedics. Part 11 in section 3 authorizes a licensed ambulance service, fire department, or fire protection district to establish a community outreach and health education program in its community. The emergency medical and trauma services advisory council (council) may establish guidelines for the development and implementation of such programs. Part 11 also requires a program operator to report annually to the council on the progress of the program. Part 12 in section 3 authorizes the department to issue licenses to community paramedicine agencies and authorizes the state board of health to promulgate rules concerning the minimum standards for operating a community paramedicine agency. Part 12 also creates the community paramedicine agencies cash fund.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

SB19-109: STATE PATROL FACILITY IN PUEBLO

Rep. Esgar & Sen. Garcia

The bill requires the state patrol, no later than July 1, 2016, to present a plan to the capital development committee indicating its progress on working with the office of the state architect, the office of state planning and budgeting, and the department of transportation to address the state patrol's capital construction needs in Pueblo, Colorado. The bill also requires the state patrol, no later than November 1, 2017, to present a program plan that identifies the capital needs and projected costs for a state patrol facility in Pueblo, Colorado. The bill specifies that the program plan must be for either a new building or for a plan that establishes a cost share with the department of transportation for the department of transportation's region 2 headquarters relocation.

Postponed indefinitely in Senate Appropriations Committee

SB19-134: PROFESSIONAL LICENSING FOR MILITARY VETERANS

Rep. Danielson, Rep. Kagan & Sen. Heath, Sen. Garcia

Section 1 of the bill requires the Colorado department of public health and environment (CDPHE) to consider crediting a military veteran's training, education, and experience toward the qualifications for certification as an emergency medical service provider. Section 2 of the bill requires the Colorado department of revenue (DOR) to consider crediting a military veteran's training, education, and experience toward the qualifications for a commercial driver's license. Section 3 of the bill requires the division of veterans affairs to make reasonable efforts to notify a discharged member of the obligations of CDPHE and DOR under sections 1 and 2 of the bill and of the duties and functions of a professional licensing authority that is regulated by the department of regulatory agencies.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

HJR16-1004: U.S.S. PUEBLO

HJR16-1018: BUY AMERICAN GOODS

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

SJR16-026 DESIGNATE FIRST RESPONDER APPRECIATION DAY

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