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Legislation - 2020

SB20-003: STATE PARKS IMPROVEMENT APPROPRIATION

Sen. Garcia, Sen. Hisey & Rep. Esgar

The bill transfers $10,000,000 from the general fund to the capital construction fund to develop infrastructure to open a state park on the property surrounding Fishers Peak and to accommodate additional visitors at other state parks. Money appropriated to the department of natural resources is available to the department for 3 years, after which any unexpended and unencumbered money reverts back to the capital construction fund.

SB20-025: CONSERVANCY DISTRICT BOARDS ART AND BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS

Sen. Garcia & Rep. Buentello, Rep. Esgar

Current law authorizes the board of directors of a conservancy district (board) to participate in the development of parks and recreational facilities within the district. The bill permits a board to consider such participation a current expense of the district. The bill also authorizes a board to participate in artistic and beautification projects that improve the aesthetic appearance of waterways within the district and to consider such participation a current expense of the district.

SB20-030: CONSUMER PROTECTIONS FOR UTILITY CUSTOMERS

Sen. Garcia, Sen. Rodriguez & Rep. Esgar

This bill comes out of the Investor-owned Utility Review Interim Study Committee. The bill directs the public utilities commission (PUC) to exercise its existing authority to require information from regulated public utilities in the areas of: The number of utility customers who are exempted from tiered rates due to a medical condition or the use of medical equipment requiring higher amounts of electricity than other customers, and the efforts the public utilities are taking to ensure that customers entitled to the exemption are able to do so; and Disconnections and delinquencies, including the number of disconnections and a narrative analysis of any trends or inconsistencies revealed by the data. The bill directs the PUC to open rule-making proceedings to: Prescribe standard practices for disconnection due to nonpayment, including the provision of shutoff notices in languages other than English, where appropriate; standard terms for repayment plans to cure delinquencies; and a prohibition on remote disconnection without a personal visit or live telephone call with the customer of record; and Investigate whether to require public utilities to report positive information about customers' payment history to credit reporting agencies. Finally, beginning September 1, 2020, the bill requires an "opt-in" by customers before a public utility may employ a new nonstandard rate such as a time-of-use, inverted block, or flat rate.

SB20-069: DISABLED VETERANS FREE STATE PARK ACCESS

Sen. Garcia

Currently, Colorado residents who display a disabled veteran's license plate are allowed free entrance to any state park or recreation area, not including campgrounds, on any day of the year that such park or area is open. The bill allows a Colorado resident to acquire a free transferable annual state parks pass by presenting the same documents required for a Colorado disabled veteran's license plate at a regional office or the central office of the division of parks and wildlife, or at any other locations the division determines. Thus, Colorado residents who are veterans with disabilities will be able to obtain free access to state parks without acquiring a Colorado disabled veteran's license plate.

SB20-089: EDUCATOR PAY RAISE FUND

Sen. Garcia, Sen. Danielson & Rep. Gonzalez-Gutierrez

The bill creates the educator pay raise program (program) to provide funding to school districts and charter schools to assist them in increasing their minimum teacher salaries to the district required minimum teacher salary amount specified in the bill and the minimum hourly wage paid to other employees to the district required minimum hourly wage amount specified in the bill. The bill creates the educator pay raise fund (fund), which consists of the greater of 10% or $15 million of the gross income annually earned on the public school lands and any other money that the general assembly may appropriate or transfer to the fund.Beginning in the 2022 regular legislative session, the department shall include in its annual report to the joint education committee information concerning implementation of the program.

SB20-095: MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Sen. Garcia, Sen. Holbert & Rep. Bockenfeld

The bill directs the community college system to work with school districts and charter schools to provide information to the parents of students enrolled in grades 6 through 8 concerning concurrent enrollment opportunities available in grades 9 through 12.

HB20-1044: MODIFY PENSION PLANS ADMINISTERED BY FPPA FIRE AND POLICE PENSION ASSOCIATION

Rep. Bird, Rep. Exum & Sen. Garcia, Sen. Ginal

The bill modifies various plans administered by the fire and police pension association (FPPA). The bill modifies the old-hire pension plans, the statewide defined benefit plan, and the death and disability plan. 

HB20-1145: MOVE OVER OR SLOW DOWN FOR OFFICIAL VEHICLE

Rep. McKean & Sen. Holbert, Sen. Garcia

Current law requires a driver who is overtaking an emergency vehicle, tow vehicle, or public utility vehicle that is parked on the side of the road to reduce and maintain a safe speed. The bill requires: the driver to slow down to 25 miles per hour if the speed limit is less than 45 miles per hour; or the driver to slow down at least 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit if the speed limit is 45 miles per hour or more.

HB20-1153: 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.