Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position

HB 16 1050

Rep. Pettersen

Sen. Merrifield

 
Low-income Parents Ed Child Care

Concerning a task force to address the child care needs of low-income parents of young children as the parents seek to advance their education.

SUPPORT
 DESCRIPTION: Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative Commission. The bill creates a task force to  address the  child care needs of low-income parents of young children as the parents seek to advance their  education. The task force  consists of the leaders, or their designees, of the departments of labor and employment,  higher education, education, and  human services; parents and representatives of organizations, appointed by the  governor; and employees of county  departments of human services or social services, selected by the executive  director of the department of human services.  The task force must identify and reduce, if possible, barriers to  obtaining child care from the range of available federal,  state, and private child care sources, determine whether  the  parents’ child care needs can be met through existing sources,  review and streamline the processes for  providing  child care for parents while they obtain education or training,  communicate the availability of child care  from public  and private sources to parents who are seeking education or training,  and recommend legislative  changes, if  necessary. By March 1, 2017, the task force must submit a report of its activities to  the general  assembly, and  before July 1, 2017, the task force must submit the report to the early childhood and school  readiness legislative  commission. The task force is repealed, effective July 1, 2017.
  ACTIVITY: 

 01/13/2016 Introduced In House – Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
 01/26/2016 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
 04/15/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
 04/15/2016 House Second Reading Special Order – Passed with Amendments – Committee
 04/18/2016 House Third Reading Passed – No Amendments
 04/18/2016 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
 04/27/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

 FINAL ACTION: 04/27/2016 SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS    POSTPONE INDEFINITELY

  CLICK HERE TO READ HB 1050

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position
HB 16 1054

Rep. Court & Rep. Ginal

Sen. Merrifield

 

End-of-life Options For Terminally Ill Individuals

  Concerning end- of-life options for individuals with a    terminal illness.

OPPOSE
 DESCRIPTION: The bill enacts the “Colorado End-of-life Options Act” (act), which   authorizes an individual with a  terminal  illness to request, and the individual’s attending physician to prescribe to the individual, medication to  hasten the  individual’s death. To be qualified to request aid-in-dying medication, an individual must be a capable  adult resident of  Colorado who has a terminal illness and has voluntarily expressed the wish to receive a  prescription for aid-in-dying  education by making 2 oral requests and a written request to his or her attending  physician. An individual who requests aid-  in-dying medication may rescind the request at any time, regardless of  his or her mental state. The act outlines the  responsibilities of the attending physician, including: ! Determining  whether the requesting individual has a terminal illness,  is capable of making an informed decision, and is making  the request for aid-in-dying medication voluntarily; ! Requesting  the individual to demonstrate proof of Colorado  residency; ! Referring the individual to a consulting physician to confirm  that the individual is qualified to  request  aid-in-dying medication; ! Providing full disclosures to ensure that the individual is  making an informed  decision; and ! Informing the individual of the right to rescind the request at any time. An attending  physician  cannot write a prescription for aid-in-dying medication unless at least 2 health care providers determine that the  individual is capable of making an informed decision. The attending or consulting physician is to refer the individual  to a  licensed mental health professional if he or she believes the individual’s ability to make an informed decision is  compromised. The attending physician cannot write a prescription unless the mental health professional  communicates, in  writing, that the individual is capable. The bill grants immunity from civil and criminal liability and  from professional  discipline to a person who participates in good faith under the act. The bill also specifies that  actions taken in accordance  with the act do not constitute suicide, assisted suicide, mercy killing, homicide, or elder  abuse. A health care provider is not  obligated to prescribe aid-in-dying medication, and a health care facility may  prohibit a physician from writing a prescription  for a resident of the facility who intends to use aid-in-dying  medication on the facility’s premises. A person commits a class  2 felony if the person purposely or knowingly: !  Alters or forges an aid-in-dying medication request without the terminally ill  individual’s authorization; ! Conceals or  destroys a rescission of a request for aid-in-dying medication; or ! Coerces or exerts  undue influence to get a  terminally ill individual to request, or to destroy a rescission of a request for, aid-in-dying  medication.
   ACTIVITY:

  01/13/2016 Introduced In House – Assigned to Judiciary
  02/04/2016 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole

  02/18/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/24/2016 – No Amendments
  02/24/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over to 6/1/2016 – No Amendments

  FINAL ACTION:  2/24/2016 – HOUSE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE LAID OVER UNTIL JUNE 1ST

  CLICK HERE TO READ HB 1054

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position

HB 16 1068

Rep. Lundeen

Sen. Lambert

 
Regulation of Methadone Treatment Facilities

Concerning the regulation of methadone

treatment facilities

SUPPORT
 DESCRIPTION: Current law requires the unit within the department of human services that administers  behavioral  health  programs and services (unit) to establish standards for facilities that treat drug abusers or  dispense  controlled substances  to drug abusers. The bill requires additional standards for methadone treatment  facilities,  including minimum distances for  such facilities from schools, colleges, and residential child care facilities  and a  disclosure of infractions by the owner of the  facility, its holding company, or other facilities under the  holding  company. If infractions are disclosed, the unit shall    determine whether the public interest requires denial  of an  application or other remedial action. The bill also specifies that a  methadone treatment facility is not a  medical clinic  for zoning purposes.
  ACTIVITY: 

  01/13/2016 Introduced In House – Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

  FINAL ACTION: 01/27/2016 HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS    POSTPONE INDEFINITELY

  CLICK HERE TO READ HB 1068

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position
HB 16  1146

Rep’s. Landgraf & Sias

Sen. (None)

 
Born Alive Infant Protection Act

Concerning statutory definitions related to human beings to include every infant human being who is born alive at any stage of development. 

 

SUPPORT

 DESCRIPTION: The bill defines, for the purposes of all statutes, “child”, “human being”, “individual”, and  “person”  as every  infant human being who is born alive at any stage of development. The bill defines “born alive”  as, with  respect to a human  being, the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother a member of the species  homo  sapiens, at any stage of  development, who after such expulsion or extraction breathes or has a beating  heart,  pulsation of the umbilical cord, or  definite movement of voluntary muscles, regardless of whether the  umbilical cord  has been cut and regardless of whether the  expulsion or extraction occurs as a result of natural or  induced labor,  cesarean section, or induced abortion.
 ACTIVITY: 

  01/21/2016 Introduced In House – Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

  FINAL ACTION:  02/29/2016 HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS  POSTPONE INDEFINITELY

 CLICK HERE TO READ HB 1146

 

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position

HB 16 1180

Rep. Humphrey

Sen. T. Neville

 

 

Free Exercise Of Religion

Concerning a person’s free exercise of religion.

MONITOR
 DESCRIPTION: Specifies that no state action may burden a person’s exercise of religion, even if the burden  results from a  rule of general applicability, unless it is demonstrated that applying the burden to a person’s  exercise of religion is essential to  further a compelling governmental interest and the least restrictive means of  furthering that compelling governmental interest;  Defines “exercise of religion” as the practice or observance of  religion. The bill specifies that exercise of religion includes the  ability to act or refuse to act in a manner  substantially motivated by a person’s sincerely held religious beliefs, whether or not  the exercise is compulsory or  central to a larger system of religious belief; except that it does not include the ability to act or  refuse to act based  on race or ethnicity. ! Provides a claim or defense to a person whose exercise of religion is burdened by  state  action; and ! Specifies that nothing in the bill creates any rights by an employee against an employer unless the  employer  is a government employer. 
  ACTIVITY: 02/02/2016 Introduced In House – Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

  ACTIVITY:  02/02/2016 INTRODUCED IN HOUSE – ASSIGNED TO STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY  AFFAIRS

  CLICK HERE TO READ HB 1180

 

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position

HB 16 1189

Rep. Wist

Sen. Roberts

 

Bingo-raffle License Regulation Secretary

Of State

Concerning the regulation of bingo-raffle licensees.

SUPPORT
 DESCRIPTION: Currently, an applicant for a bingo-raffle license may request administrative review when a license application  is denied. The bill requires this request to take place within 60 days after the denial. The bill clarifies that license discipline  includes, after a hearing, refusing to grant or renew a license. The bill repeals a prohibition on managing more than 5  bingo  raffle licensees simultaneously. Currently, a licensee may use leased equipment only on premises that are the licensee’s  principal place of business and limited to members only. The bill allows a licensee to operate equipment leased by a licensed  landlord of a bingo hall. Currently, a licensee that fails to report net proceeds is automatically required to show cause for why  the license should not be suspended. The bill authorizes the secretary of state to promulgate rules setting the conditions under  which a licensee is required to show cause. Current law allows a licensee to award a consolation prize in a game of progressive  bingo only when a progressive prize is not won. The bill authorizes a licensee to also award a consolation prize when the  progressive prize is won.
  ACTIVITY:

 02/03/2016 Introduced In House – Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor

 02/18/2016 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole           

 02/22/2016 House Second Reading Passed

 02/23/2016 House Third Reading Passed – No Amendments

 03/04/2016 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology

 03/16/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended – Consent Calendar to Senate Committee  of the Whole

 03/21/2016 Senate Second Reading Passed – No Amendments

 03/22/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed – No Amendments

 03/30/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House

 04/04/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate

 04/05/2016 Sent to the Governor

FINAL ACTION:  04/15/2016 GOVERNOR SIGNED IN TO LAW

  CLICK HERE TO READ HB 1189

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position

HB 16 1200

Rep. Ransom

Sen. Lundberg

AG Authority Over Fetal Tissue Transfers

Concerning providing enforcement authority to the attorney general over unlawful transfers of fetal tissue from an induced termination of pregnancy.

SUPPORT
 DESCRIPTION: Under current law, it is unlawful to transfer fetal tissue from an induced termination of  pregnancy for valuable  consideration to an institution that conducts fetal tissue research. The department of  public health and environment and state  registrar are tasked with enforcement of the prohibition. The bill gives  the attorney general the authority to investigation  violations and punish any violation.
  ACTIVITY: 02/04/2016 Introduced In House – Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs  

  FINAL ACTION: 04/04/2016 HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS  POSTPONE INDEFINITELY

  CLICK HERE TO READ HB 1200

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position

HB 16 1203

Rep. P. Neville

Sen. (None)

   Women’s Health Protection Act

  Concerning the adoption of the “women’s health protection act”.

SUPPORT
 DESCRIPTION: The bill requires all abortion clinics to be licensed by the attorney general. Licensure is valid for  one year.  Prior to licensure or relicensure, the attorney general shall conduct an on-site inspection of the abortion  clinic. The bill requires  the attorney general to promulgate rules regarding: ! The abortion clinic’s physical  facilities; The abortion clinic’s supply and  equipment standards; ! The abortion clinic’s personnel, including  requiring that the clinic employ at least one doctor with  admitting privileges at a hospital within the state within  30 miles of the abortion clinic; ! Medical screening and evaluation of  each patient; ! The abortion procedure; !  Minimum recovery room standards; ! Follow-up care for abortion patients; and !  Minimum incident reporting. The  bill creates criminal and civil penalties for violations of the requirements of the bill.
  ACTIVITY: 02/04/2016 Introduced In House – Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment

  FINAL ACTION: 04/07/2016 HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, INSURANCE, & ENVIRONMENT  POSTPONE INDEFINITELY

  CLICK HERE TO READ HB 1203

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position

HB 16 1218

Rep. Saine

Sen. T. Neville

A Woman’s Right To Accurate Health Care Info

Concerning the creation of the “women’s reproductive information guarantee for health and transparency (right) act”.

SUPPORT
 DESCRIPTION: The bill ensures that women are fully and accurately informed about their personal medical  conditions  regarding their pregnancies and health care options. Current medical procedures already use  ultrasound technology to provide  information regarding the gestational age of child in utero. The bill ensures  that women have the opportunity to see or forego  the opportunity to see the ultrasound. The bill allows women  the opportunity to find a provider of ultrasound technology that  will provide the service free of charge. The bill  requires that a woman provide voluntary and informed consent to an abortion.  The bill describes the information  that constitutes voluntary and informed consent that the physician performing the abortion  provides to the  woman. The bill requires the abortion provider to provide certain information to the woman at least 24 hours  prior to performing an abortion. The bill creates a civil right of action for noncompliance with the requirements,  making a  physician’s noncompliance with the requirements unprofessional conduct and a violation of the  requirements a crime.
  ACTIVITY: 

 02/04/2016 Introduced In House – Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment

  FINAL ACTION:  04/21/2016 HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, INSURANCE, & ENVIRONMENT  POSTPONE INDEFINITELY
CLICK HERE   TO READ HB 1218

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position

HB 16 1224

Rep. Lundeen

Sen. Woods

  

Child Abuse Involving Human

 Trafficking of Minors

Concerning child abuse involving human

trafficking of minors.

SUPPORT
 DESCRIPTION:  The bill amends the statutory definition of “child abuse or neglect” to include any case in which a child is  subjected to human trafficking for involuntary servitude or human trafficking for sexual servitude. If a county or district  department of human or social services (county department) reasonably believes that a child has been subjected to human  trafficking, it shall immediately offer social services to the child and to his or her family, and the county department may file a  petition in court on behalf of the child. If immediate removal is necessary to protect the child or other children under the same  care from further abuse, the child or children may be placed in protective custody. The department of human services and  each county department shall implement a uniform screening tool that includes questions that are intended to identify children  who are victims of human trafficking for involuntary servitude or human trafficking for sexual servitude or who are at risk of  being such victims
 ACTIVITY:

 02/04/2016 Introduced In House – Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services 

 03/08/2016 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole

 03/14/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments – Committee, Floor

 03/15/2016 House Third Reading Passed – No Amendments

 03/15/2016 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Judiciary

 03/28/2016 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole

 03/30/2016 Senate Second Reading Passed

 03/31/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed

 04/01/2016 House Consider Senate Amendments Passed

 04/07/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House

 04/11/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate

 04/11/2016 Sent to the Governor

 

 FINAL ACTION:  04/15/2016 GOVERNOR SIGNED IN TO LAW

 

 CLICK HERE TO READ HB 1224

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position

HB 16 1233

Rep. Ransom

Sen. (None)

  

Changes To Death Penalty Trials

Concerning modifying the procedure for sentencing in class 1 felonies when the death penalty is sought.

OPPOSE
 DESCRIPTION:  The bill changes the process for sentencing for class 1 felonies when the death penalty is sought. The bill  creates an aggravation phase at which the prosecution must prove one or more aggravating circumstances beyond a  reasonable doubt to the unanimous satisfaction of a jury. The bill also creates a penalty phase at which the defendant has the  burden to prove one or more mitigating circumstances by a preponderance of evidence, and the jury determines unanimously  whether the mitigating circumstances call for leniency. The bill also establishes a procedure for a retrial of the aggravation  phase and the penalty phase in the event the jury cannot reach a unanimous verdict.
 ACTIVITY: 02/05/2016 Introduced In House – Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

 FINAL ACTION:  02/29/2016 HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS  POSTPONE INDEFINITELY

  CLICK HERE TO READ HB 1233

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position

HB 16 1386

Rep. Kraft-Tharp

Sen. Steadman 

Necessary Document Program

Concerning a program to cover vulnerable populations’ costs of acquiring necessary documents.

MONITOR
 DESCRIPTION: The bill defines a “necessary document” as a social security card; one of the following documents or  analogous documents issued by another jurisdiction: A driver’s license, an identification card, or a vital statistics certificate or  vital statistics report (such as a birth, death, or marriage certificate); or a document required as a condition of issuance of one  of these documents. The bill directs the office of health equity in the department of public health and environment to  administer a necessary document program. The office will make grants to or contract with a nonprofit entity or collection of  nonprofit entities that conduct a collaborative identification project to assist Colorado residents who are victims of domestic  violence, impacted by a natural disaster, low-income, disabled, homeless, or elderly and who are seeking documentation of  their identity, status, or citizenship by paying the fees to acquire a necessary document. $300,000 is annually appropriated to  the office from the general fund to administer the program. 
  ACTIVITY:

03/16/2016 Introduced In House – Assigned to Finance

 04/07/2016 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations

 04/22/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole

 04/22/2016 House Second Reading Special Order – Passed with Amendments – Committee

 04/25/2016 House Third Reading Passed – No Amendments

 04/25/2016 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

 05/02/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations

 05/05/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole

 05/05/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order – Passed – No Amendments

 05/06/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed – No Amendments

 

  FINAL ACTION:  06/10/2016 GOVERNOR SIGNED IN TO LAW

  CLICK HERE TO READ HB 1386