Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position
SB 14 – 005

Sen. Ulibarri

Rep. Singer

Wage Protection Act

Concerning alternative administrative remedies for the processing of certain wage claims, and, in connection therewith, amending the provisions for written notices of a wage claim.

SUPPORT
DESCRIPTION:

For purposes of duties, obligations, and liabilities related to the payment of wages, the bill: ! Expands wage claims to include violations involving the state minimum wage;

  • Requires an employer to maintain records reflecting information in an employee’s pay statement for at least 3 years after payment of the wages and to make the records available to the employee and the division of labor in the department of labor and employment (division). The bill authorizes the executive director of the division to impose a fine on an employer who fails to retain or make available the records.
  • Requires an employer to mail a check for wages to the employee’s last-known address within 60 days after the check was due if an employer is unable to otherwise deliver the check to the employee. Under current law, to recover penalties in an action for unpaid wages, an employee is required to make a written demand on his or her employer to recover penalties, and the penalties are increased by 50% if the employer’s failure to pay is willful.

The bill:

  • Provides that failure to respond to a written demand creates a rebuttable presumption that the failure to pay was willful;
  • Provides that service of a small claims court complaint serves as the written demand; and
  • Reduces the penalties for failing to pay wages by 50% if the employer makes legal tender to the employee of the amount that the employer believes in good faith is due the employee.

The bill authorizes the director of the division to establish an administrative procedure to adjudicate wage claims. For wage claims filed with the division for $7,500 or less, the bill establishes procedures for the division to adjudicate the claim and issue citations and notices of assessments for the amounts due. A person dissatisfied with a decision may commence a de novo civil action in any county or district court of competent jurisdiction. Current law provides that fines collected by the division are deposited in the general fund. The bill provides that the fines are deposited in a new wage theft enforcement fund. The bill provides that an employee is entitled to reasonable attorney fees in an action to recover the minimum wage.

ACTIVITY:

01/08/2014 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Judiciary

01/22/2014 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Finance

02/04/2014 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations

04/11/2014 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole

04/15/2014 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily – No Amendments

04/16/2014 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments – Committee, Floor

04/17/2014 Senate Third Reading Passed – No Amendments

04/21/2014 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered – No Amendments

04/21/2014 Senate Third Reading Passed – No Amendments

04/22/2014 Introduced In House – Assigned to

04/29/2014 House Committee on Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development Refer Amended to Appropriations

04/30/2014 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Finance

04/30/2014 House Committee on Finance Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only

05/01/2014 House Committee on Finance Re-Refer Unamended to Appropriations

FINAL ACTION:

CLICK HERE TO READ SB 005

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position
SB 14 – 019

Sen. Steadman
Rep. Moreno

Status of Taxpayers Who May File Joint Returns

Concerning the state income tax filing status of two taxpayers who may legally file a joint federal income tax return.

OPPOSE
DESCRIPTION:

The bill requires any 2 taxpayers who may legally file a joint federal income tax return to file separate state income tax returns if they file separate federal income tax returns and to file a joint state income tax return if they file a joint federal income tax return.

 

ACTIVITY:

01/08/2014 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Finance
01/14/2014 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
01/17/2014 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily
01/21/2014 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments
01/22/2014 Introduced In House – Assigned to Finance
01/22/2014 Senate Third Reading Passed
02/05/2014 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
02/10/2014 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily
02/14/2014 House Second Reading Passed
02/17/2014 House Third Reading Passed
02/20/2014:41 PM 04:10 Signed by the President of the Senate
02/20/2014:24 PM 04:20 Signed by the Speaker of the House
02/21/2014 Sent to the Governor

FINAL ACTION:

02-27-2014 Signed in to law by the Governor

CLICK HERE SB 019 FINAL ACT

 

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position
SB 14 – 033

Sen. Lundberg

Tax Credits For Nonpublic Education

Concerning the creation of income tax credits for nonpublic education.

SUPPORT
DESCRIPTION:

The bill establishes a private school tuition income tax credit for income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2014, that allows any taxpayer to claim a credit when the taxpayer enrolls a dependent qualified child in a private school or the taxpayer provides a scholarship to a qualified child for enrollment in a private school and the private school issues the taxpayer a credit certificate for either enrolling a dependent qualified child in the private school or providing a scholarship to a qualified child for enrollment in the private school.  The credit may be carried forward for 3 years but not refunded, and the department of revenue is granted rule-making authority.

The amount of the credit is:

  • For any qualified child attending a private school on a full-time basis as described in the state board of education rules, an amount equal to either the tuition paid or the scholarship provided to a qualified child, as applicable, or 50% of the previous year’s state average per pupil revenue, whichever is less; and
  • For any qualified child attending a private school on a half-time basis as described in the state board of education rules, an amount equal to either the tuition paid or the scholarship provided to a qualified child, as applicable, or 25% of the previous year’s state average per pupil revenue, whichever is less.

The bill establishes an income tax credit for income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2014, that allows any taxpayer who home-schools a qualified child to claim an income tax credit:

  • In an amount equal to $1,000 for a taxpayer who home-schools a qualified child who was enrolled on a full-time basis as described in the state board of education rules in a public school in the state prior to being home-schooled; and
  • In an amount equal to $500 for a taxpayer who home-schools a qualified child who was enrolled on a half-time basis as described in the state board of education rules in a public school in the state prior to being home-schooled.
  • The credit may be carried forward for 3 years but not refunded.
ACTIVITY:

01/08/2014 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

FINAL ACTION:

01/22/2014 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
CLICK HERE TO READ SB 33

 

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position
SB 14 – 175

Sen. Kerr
Rep. Primavera

Reproductive Health Freedom Act

Concerning freedom from government interference in an individual’s reproductive health decisions.

OPPOSE
DESCRIPTION:

The bill prohibits a state or local policy that denies or interferes with an individual’s reproductive health care decisions or a state or local policy regarding reproductive health care that is inconsistent with, or that denies or interferes with access to information based on, current evidence-based scientific data and medical consensus.

 

ACTIVITY:

03/31/2014 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Health & Human Services
04/10/2014 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/15/2014 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily – No Amendments

FINAL ACTION:

04/16/2014 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 5/08/2014 – No Amendments

CLICK HERE TO READ SB 175

 

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position
SJR 14 012

Sen. Kefalas
Rep. McCann

Human Trafficking Awareness Advocacy Day

Concerning Human Trafficking Awareness Advocacy Day

SUPPORT
DESCRIPTION:

CONCERNING HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS ADVOCACY DAY

 

ACTIVITY:

02/14/2014 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to
02/14/2014 Senate Third Reading Laid Over to 02/20/2014
02/20/2014 Introduced In House – Assigned to
02/20/2014 House Third Reading Passed
02/20/2014 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments
02/24/2014:58 PM 04:10 Signed by the President of the Senate
02/25/2014:21 AM 04:20 Signed by the Speaker of the House

FINAL ACTION:

ADOPTED
CLICK HERE TO READ THE RESOLUTION