Legislation - 2017

HB17-1004: COLLEGE CREDIT FOR MILITARY EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Rep. Michaelson Jenet, Rep. Danielson & Sen. Hill, Sen. Garcia

The bill requires the Colorado commission on higher education, in consultation with state institutions of higher education, to create a statewide metric for awarding college credit for measurable military education and training that is applicable to the completion of a postsecondary degree or certificate. Beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, institutions of higher education shall award credit for military education and training pursuant to the statewide metric. During the regular legislative session prior to its implementation, the department of higher education shall report to the general assembly on the statewide metric for military credit.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

HB17-1012: PUEBLO CHILE VEHICLE LICENSE PLATE

Rep. Esgar & Sen. Garcia

The bill creates the Pueblo chile special license plate. In addition to the standard motor vehicle fees, the plate requires 2 one-time fees of $25. One of the fees is credited to the highway users tax fund and the other to the licensing services cash fund.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

HB17-1027: REMOVE FUND REPEAL AND CLARIFY ORGAN DONOR PROCESS

Rep. J. Becker, Rep. Buckner & Sen. Gardner, Sen. Garcia

Section 1 of the bill clarifies that designation as an organ and tissue donor (donor) by an applicant for a driver's license, instruction permit, or license renewal remains in effect until revoked by the applicant. Section 1 also removes the repeal date of the Emily Maureen Ellen Keyes organ and tissue donation awareness fund (fund). Section 2 of the bill continues the option that allows applicants for a driver's license, instruction permit, or license renewal to donate to the fund and, if not already a donor, to volunteer to become a donor. Section 3 of the bill requires the state auditor to conduct an audit of the fund every 10 years beginning on July 1, 2018, and submit the report to the legislative audit committee.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

HB17-1246: ST-ELEVATON MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS HEART ATTACK CARE

Rep. Kraft-Tharp & Sen. Tate, Sen. Garcia

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 of the task force, with some modifications.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

HB17-1278: INSURANCE PREMIUM TAX DEPOSIT TO LOCAL FIREFIGHTER FUND

Rep. Exum, Rep. Pettersen & Sen. Garcia, Sen. Guzman

The bill requires the state treasurer to deposit $2.5 million of the proceeds from the tax on insurance policy premiums in the local firefighter safety and disease prevention fund for each of the 3 fiscal years commencing on or after July 1, 2017.

Postponed Indefinitely in Senate Appropriations Committee

HB17-1283: TASK FORCE CHILD WELFARE WORKER RESILIENCY PROGRAM

Rep. Singer, Rep. Nordberg & Sen. Garcia, Sen. Cooke

The bill creates a task force to organize county-level versions of and guidelines for child welfare caseworker resiliency programs (task force) modeled on national resiliency programs. The membership of the task force is outlined, along with its duties and reporting requirements. The task force is repealed, effective September 1, 2018.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

HB17-1323: PUC ETHICS ADD CONSUMER PROTECTION

Rep. Esgar & Sen. Cooke, Sen. Garcia

The bill prohibits a person from serving on the public utilities commission if he or she: Has, within the immediately preceding 4 years, served as an officer or director of a regulated utility; or Has or acquires any official relation to, or financial interest in, a regulated utility. It encourages the director of the commission to assign employees to temporary training and development sessions with other state agencies, particularly those with which the commission has frequent interaction, to improve the employees' substantive expertise and familiarity with the operations of those agencies. Section 3 also requires the director to keep written and audio records of the commission's proceedings and make them publicly available online. In addition, section 3 expressly authorizes the executive director of the department of regulatory agencies (of which the commission is a part) to request that the state auditor conduct performance audits of the commission and its staff and operations.It creates the position of independent ombudsman for ethics and funds the office of the ombudsman using an existing cash fund, the fixed utility fund. It also directs the commission to adopt rules concerning conflicts of interest, incompatible activities, and ex parte communications, which rules form the basis of the ombudsman's ethics training curriculum.

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

HB17-1356: TREAT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCOME TAX CREDITS DIFFERENTLY

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

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

SB17-073: PROMOTE RUNYON-FOUNTAIN LAKES STATE WILDLIFE AREA

Rep. Valdez & Sen. Garcia

The bill directs stakeholders interested in the Runyon-Fountain lakes state wildlife area (including the Colorado division of parks and wildlife, the city of Pueblo, and the Pueblo conservancy district) to cooperatively engage in a long-term process to promote the maximum beneficial development and maintenance of the area. The stakeholders are to report to the general assembly's committees of reference with jurisdiction over natural resources by March 1, 2018, regarding the progress of the cooperative effort.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

SB17-074: CREATE MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT PILOT PROGRAM

Rep. Esgar & Sen. Garcia

The bill creates the medication-assisted treatment (MAT) expansion pilot program, administered by the university of Colorado college of nursing, to expand access to medication-assisted treatment to opioid-dependent patients in Pueblo and Routt counties. The pilot program will provide grants to community- and office-based practices, behavioral health organizations, and substance abuse treatment organizations.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

SB17-105: CONSUMER RIGHT TO KNOW ELECTRIC UTILITY CHARGES

Rep. K. Becker, Rep. Esgar & Sen. Garcia

The bill requires an investor-owned electric utility to file with the public utilities commission (commission) for the commission's review a comprehensive billing format that the investor-owned electric utility has developed for its monthly billing of customers. An investor-owned electric utility shall file the comprehensive billing format at the time of filing a rate schedule with the commission.The bill sets forth procedures for the commission's review of a filed comprehensive billing format and provides that once a comprehensive billing format has been approved by the commission, the investor-owned utility need not refile it unless changes have been made to it.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

SB17-153: SOUTHWEST CHIEF AND FRONT RANGE PASSENGER RAIL COMMISSION

Rep. Esgar & Sen. Garcia, Sen. Crowder

The bill replaces the existing southwest chief rail line economic development, rural tourism, and infrastructure repair and maintenance commission (old commission), the current statutory authorization for which expires on July 1, 2017, with an expanded southwest chief and front range passenger rail commission (new commission).

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

SB17-214: VOLUNTARY FIREFIGHTER CANCER BENEFITS PROGRAM

Rep. Exum, Rep. Pettersen & Sen. Smallwood, Sen. Garcia

The bill allows an employer to participate in a voluntary firefighter cancer benefits program, as a multiple employer health trust to provide benefits to firefighters by paying contributions into the established trust. The bill requires the trust to provide benefits to each firefighter based on the cancer diagnosis and award level.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

SB17-217: SUNSET BOARD OF VETERANS COMMUNITY LIVING CENTERS

Rep. Michaelson Jenet & Sen. Garcia

The bill implements the recommendations of the sunset review and report on the Colorado board of commissioners of veterans community living centers by eliminating the repeal date of the board and extending the board indefinitely.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

SB17-219: SUNSET LOCAL BOARDS VETERANS COMMUNITY LIVING CENTERS

Rep. Lontine & Sen. Garcia, Sen. Hill

The bill implements the recommendations of the sunset review and report on the advisory boards for veterans community living centers by eliminating the repeal date of each such board and extending each such board indefinitely.

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

HJR17-1006: U.S.S. PUEBLO

SENATE JOINT MEMORIALS

SJM17-003 FIRST RESPONDER APPREICATION DAY

SJM17-002 DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS ACCOUNTABILITY

The bill allows the Colorado economic development commission to allow certain businesses that make a strategic capital investment in the state, subject to a maximum amount, and subject to the requirements of the specified income tax credits, to treat any of the following income tax credits allowed to the business as either carryforwardable for a five-year period or as transferable: Colorado job growth incentive tax credit; Enterprise zone income tax credit for investment in certain property; ! Income tax credit for new enterprise zone business employees; and Enterprise zone income tax credit for expenditures for research and experimental activities.

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