Legislation - 2019

SB19-001: EXPAND MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT PILOT PROGRAM

Rep. Buentello & Sen. Garcia

In 2017, the general assembly enacted Senate Bill 17-074, which created a 2-year 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 2017 act directs the general assembly to appropriate $500,000 per year for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 fiscal years from the marijuana tax cash fund to the university of Colorado board of regents, for allocation to the college of nursing to implement the pilot program. The pilot program repeals on June 30, 2020. This bill expands the pilot program, shifts responsibility to administer the pilot program, adds representatives from the San Luis valley and any other counties selected to participate in the pilot program to the advisory board that assists in administering the program, increases the annual appropriation, and extends the program an additional 2 years.

Signed by Governor Polis

SB19-052: EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE PROVIDER SCOPE OF PRACTICE

Rep. Mullica & Sen. Garcia

Emergency medical service (EMS) providers are authorized to practice under the medical direction of a physician. Section 1 of the bill expands an EMS provider's scope of practice by authorizing a provider to practice under the medical direction of an advanced practice nurse or a physician assistant. Section 1 also: Specifies that a provider may practice in a hospital or clinic; and Authorizes the state board of health to promulgate rules to authorize other types of medical professionals to provide medical direction to EMS providers or to allow EMS providers to practice in other types of licensed health care facilities or health care-related settings. Section 3 adds an advanced practice nurse and a physician assistant to the membership of the emergency medical practice advisory council and requires the governor to make initial appointments of the additional advisory council members on or before November 1, 2019. 

Signed by Governor Polis

SB19-065: PEER ASSISTANCE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE PROVIDER

Rep. Exum & Sen. Garcia

The bill creates a peer health assistance program (program) for emergency medical service providers funded through fees collected from each applicant upon initial or renewal of a certification as an emergency medical service provider. The state board of health (board) is required to select one or more peer health assistance programs as designated providers.

Signed by Governor Polis

SB19-149: SUNSET HUMAN TRAFFICKING COUNCIL

Rep. Froelich & Sen. Garcia, Sen. Marble

The bill continues the Colorado human trafficking council until September 1, 2024.

Signed by Governor Polis

SB19-174: DEPENDENT TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

Rep. Buentello, Rep. Neville & Sen. Garcia, Sen. Hill

Under existing law, state tuition assistance is available for a dependent of a prisoner of war or military personnel missing in action, a dependent of a person who died or was permanently disabled while on duty as a Colorado National Guardsman, and a dependent of any person who has been permanently disabled or killed while acting as a police officer, sheriff, or other law enforcement officer or firefighter who are not eligible for federal educational benefits. The bill clarifies that a dependent who is eligible for state tuition assistance and federal educational benefits pursuant to the federal "Public Safety Officers' Benefits Act" may receive the state tuition assistance prior to receiving the federal benefit. The state tuition assistance available to a dependent is reduced by the amount of any federal educational benefit provided to the dependent.

Signed by Governor Polis

SB19-194: NATIONAL GUARD TUITION ASSISTANCE COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY GLOBAL

Rep. Froelich, Rep. Van Winkle & Sen. Garcia, Sen. Zenzinger

The bill adds Colorado state university - global campus to the list of designated institutions of higher education for purposes of tuition assistance for members of the National Guard.

Signed by Governor Polis

SB19-236: SUNSET PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION

Rep. Hansen, Rep. Becker & Sen. Garcia, Sen. Fenberg

The bill implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies' sunset review and report on the public utilities commission. The bill continues the functions of the commission for and gives the division a life of 7 years, until 2026.

Signed by Governor Polis

SB19-242: EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE PROVIDERS LICENSING

Rep. Kennedy & Sen. Garcia

Currently, regulation of an emergency medical service (EMS) provider, including a paramedic, involves certification. Section 2 of the bill authorizes a certified EMS provider to apply for licensure from the department of public health and environment (department) based on a demonstration to the satisfaction of the department that the EMS provider has completed a 4-year bachelor's degree program from an accredited college or university.

Signed by Governor Polis

SB19-250: LIMIT TIERED RATES ELECTRIC UTILITIES

Rep. Esgar, Rep. Rich & Sen. Garcia, Sen. Scott

Current law allows heat, light, gas, water, power, and telephone utilities to establish a graduated scale of charges known as tiered rates. Based on a legislative finding that electric utilities' generation costs have substantially declined, the bill requires electric utilities that are currently charging a residential tiered rate to file with the public utilities commission a revised residential rate design by April 30, 2020, to take effect on or before June 1, 2020, that collapses the residential summer tiered rate into a single rate that applies to all kilowatt-hours consumed by the residential customer during the summer. The single rate must be designed to collect the same revenues during the summer as the tiered rate was designed to collect. An electric utility cannot charge a residential tiered rate or residential inverted block rate until the utility files a new electric rate case.

Introduced in House

SB19-259: USE CSP II TO HOUSE INMATES IN AN EMERGENCY

Rep. Herod, Rep. Wilson & Sen. Garcia, Sen. Hisey

Under current law, the Centennial south campus of the Centennial correctional facility (CSP II) is not available to house inmates. The bill allows CSP II to be used to house inmates when the state male prison vacant bed rate, excluding RTP treatment beds, remains below one percent vacancy for 2 consecutive months. Once the prison population surpasses one percent vacancy, the department of corrections (department) shall transfer any inmates housed in CSP II to an appropriate facility under the department's control within 30 calendar days. No more than 126 inmates may be housed at CSP II. The department shall report the use of CSP II to the joint budget committee and the judiciary committees of the senate and the house of representatives, or any successor committees, within 5 calendar days after the use and will make monthly reports during its use. The bill requires the department to do a prison population management study and report its findings to the joint budget committee and judiciary committees of the senate and the house of representatives, or any successor committees, by December 1, 2019.

Signed by Governor Polis

HB19-1047: METROPOLITAN DISTRICT FIRE PROTECTION SALES TAX

Rep. Buentello & Sen. Danielson, Sen. Garcia

A metropolitan district is a type of special district that provides at least 2 services from a list of specific services. One of the services that a metropolitan district is currently authorized to provide is fire protection. Currently, a metropolitan district is authorized to levy a property tax to provide services; however, the district can also levy a sales tax for safety protection, street improvement, and transportation purposes. Both property taxes and sales taxes require voter approval. The bill allows a metropolitan district to also levy a sales tax to provide fire protection in the areas of the district in which the sales tax is levied.

Signed by Governor Polis

HB19-1078: LANDOWNER CONSENT LISTING NATIONAL REGISTER

Rep. Lewis & Sen. Marble, Sen. Garcia

Prior to taking any action to approve a national property documentation form (form) or to request the approval of the keeper of the national register of an executed form, the bill requires the state historical society to require the applicant to obtain the consent, evidenced by a notarized signature, of each owner of the land and property described in the form.

Signed by Governor Polis

HB19-1080: BENEFITS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS WITH A DISABILITY

Rep. Bockenfeld & Sen. Cooke, Sen. Garcia

The bill grants first responders with an occupational disability free lifetime small game hunting and fishing licenses and a free columbine annual pass for entrance into state parks. The bill also allows first responders with an occupational disability to be eligible to participate in a property tax work-off program established by a taxing entity.

Signed by Governor Polis

HB19-1162: EXPAND FARM EQUIPMENT SALES AND USE TAX EXEMPTION

Rep. Pelton, Rep. Valdez & Sen. Sonnenberg, Sen. Garcia

Current law exempts cow identification systems and transponders used by a farm dairy to identify and track dairy cows from the state sales and use tax but does not otherwise exempt any equipment or systems used by a farm operation to identify or track food animals. By amending the statutory definition of "farm equipment", the bill extends the existing state sales and use tax exemption to include equipment and systems used by a farm operation to identify or track food animals, including animals used for food or in the production of food. As per current law, the extension of the exemption only applies to a county or municipal sales tax if the county or municipality has already included the exemption for farm equipment in its sales tax ordinance or amends the ordinance to do so in the future.

Signed by Governor Polis

HB19-1193: BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SUPPORTS FOR HIGH-RISK FAMILIES

Rep. Herod, Rep. Pelton & Sen. Garcia

The bill amends existing programs that provide access to substance use disorder treatment to pregnant and parenting women. The bill creates child care pilot programs for parenting women engaged in substance use disorder treatment.

Signed by Governor Polis

HB19-1273: COLORADO PARTNERSHIP FOR QUALITY JOBS AND SERVICES ACT

Rep. Esgar & Sen. Garcia, Sen. Pettersen

The bill creates the "Colorado Partnership for Quality Jobs and Services Act" to facilitate the creation of formal labor-management partnership agreements between state employees in the state personnel system and the executive branch of state government. The bill specifies that certain employees in the state personnel system, due to the nature and responsibilities of their jobs, are not able to participate in partnership agreements. State employees who are allowed to participate in partnership agreements are designated covered employees.

Laid over in House Appropriations

HB19-1329: WHOLESALE SALES AGRICULTURAL FERTILIZER TAX EXEMPT

Rep. Arndt, Rep. McKean & Sen. Sonnenberg, Sen. Garcia

Wholesale sales are not subject to sales and use taxes. The bill includes sales of fertilizer used in the production of agricultural and livestock products in the definition of "wholesale sales" for sales and use tax purposes. The bill further specifies that, for purposes of defining a wholesale sale, spray adjuvants may be sold for use in the production of agricultural and livestock products.

Signed by Governor Polis

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

SJR19-003: U.S.S. PUEBLO

SJR19-005: COMMISSION ON UNIFORM STATE LAWS APPOINTMENTS

SJR19-010: JOINT RULES CHANGES FOR WORKPLACE POLICIES

SJR19-004: FIRST RESPONDER APPRECIATION DAY

SJR19-011: WORKPLACE HARASSMENT COMMITTEE

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

HJR19-1012: DESIGNATE SFC RAY ADAM ARCHULETTA MEMORIAL HIGHWAY

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