Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position

  SB 16 025

  Sen. Merrifield

  Rep. Court

  Rep. Ginal

 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 medication 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 healthcare 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 Senate – Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
 FINAL ACTION:    02/03/2016 SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS  POSTPONE INDEFINITELY

  CLICK HERE TO READ SB 25

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position
 SB 16 – 064

 Sen. Lundberg

 Rep. (None)

 

 Death Penalty Jury Decision 

 Concerning measures related to
death penalty cases.     
OPPOSE
 DESCRIPTION:

 Under current law, a jury can only impose the death penalty based on a unanimous agreement. The bill changes  the requirement to 9 out of 12 members of the jury.

  ACTIVITY:

  01/19/2016 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Judiciary

FINAL ACTION: 02/10/2016 SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY POSTPONE INDEFINITELY

  CLICK HERE TO READ SB 64

 

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position
 SB 16 – 154

 Sen. Lundberg

 Rep. (None)

 

Income Tax Credits for NonPublic Schools

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, 2017, 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 may not be refunded, and the department of revenue is granted rule-making authority. In  addition, the credit may be transferred, subject to certain limitations. 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 revenues, 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 revenues, whichever is less. The bill establishes an income tax credit for income tax years  commencing on or after January 1, 2017, that allows any taxpayer who uses home-based education for a qualified  child to claim an income tax credit in an amount equal to: ! $1,000 for a taxpayer who uses home-based  education for 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 taught at home; and ! $500 for a taxpayer who uses home-  based education for 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 taught at home. The credit may be carried forward for  3 years but may not be refunded. In addition, the credit may be transferred, subject to certain limitations.

  ACTIVITY:

 03/11/2016 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Education

 03/24/2016 Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Finance 

 03/31/2016 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations

 04/15/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole

 04/20/2016 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily – No Amendments

 04/21/2016 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily – No Amendments

 04/22/2016 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily – No Amendments

 04/25/2016 Senate Second Reading Passed – No Amendments

 04/26/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed – No Amendments

 04/26/2016 Introduced In House – Assigned to Education + Finance + Appropriations

  FINAL STATUS:  05/02/2016 HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION POSTPONE INDEFINITELY

  CLICK HERE TO READ SB 154

 

 

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position
 SB 16 – 180

 Sen. Woods

Sen. Jahn

 Rep. Kagan

Rep. Ransom

 

DOC Program For Juvenile Offenders

Concerning a specialized program within the department of corrections for certain offenders who were convicted as adults for offenses they committed as juveniles.

SUPPORT
 DESCRIPTION:

 The bill requires the department of corrections (department) to develop and implement a program for offenders  who were sentenced to an adult prison for a felony offense committed while the offender was less than 18 years  of age and who are determined to be appropriate for placement in the program. An offender serving a sentence  for a felony committed while the offender was a juvenile may apply for placement in the program if he or she has  served 20 calendar years of his or her sentence and has not been released on parole. Upon receiving a petition  from an eligible offender, the executive director of the department or his or her designee shall review the petition.  In determining whether to place an offender in the program, the executive director or his or her designee shall  consider certain criteria. An offender who successfully completes the program may apply to the governor for early  parole. The governor may grant early parole to such an offender if, in the governor’s opinion, extraordinary  mitigating circumstances exist and the offender’s release from custody is compatible with the safety and welfare of  society. The state board of parole shall make a recommendation to the governor concerning whether early parole  should be granted to such an offender.

  ACTIVITY: 

 04/01/2016 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Judiciary

 04/20/2016 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations

 04/29/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole

 05/02/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order – Passed with Amendments – Committee, Floor

 05/03/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed – No Amendments

 05/05/2016 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations

 05/09/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole

 05/09/2016 House Second Reading Special Order – Passed with Amendments – Committee, Floor

 05/10/2016 House Third Reading Passed – No Amendments

 05/11/2016 Senate Considered House Amendments – Result was to Not Concur – Request Conference Committee

 05/11/2016 First Conference Committee Result was to Adopt Reengrossed w/ Amendments

 05/11/2016 House Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Reject, Discharge and  Appoint

 05/11/2016 House Consideration of Second Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report –  Repass

 05/11/2016 Senate Consideration of Second Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report  Repass

  FINAL ACTION: 06/10/2016 GOVERNOR SIGNED INTO LAW

  CLICK HERE TO READ SB 180

 

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position
 SB 16 – 181

Sen. Woods

Sen. Jahn

 Rep. Kagan

Rep. Dore

 

Sentencing Juveniles Convicted Of Class 1 Felonies

Concerning the sentencing of persons convicted of class 1 felonies committed while the persons were juveniles.

SUPPORT
 DESCRIPTION:

 In Miller v. Alabama (2012), the United States supreme court held that imposing a mandatory life sentence  without the possibility of parole on a juvenile is a cruel and unusual punishment prohibited by the eighth  amendment to the United States constitution. In Colorado, a juvenile sentenced for a class 1 felony committed on  or after July 1, 1990, and before July 1, 2006, was sentenced to a mandatory life sentence without the possibility  of parole. The bill provides a procedure for resentencing these offenders. A district court may resentence such an  offender to: ! A term of life imprisonment with the possibility of parole after serving 40 years, less any earned  time granted; or ! 24 to 48 years in prison if, after considering certain factors, the district court finds extraordinary  mitigating circumstances.

 ACTIVITY:

04/01/2016 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Judiciary

 04/20/2016 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole

 04/25/2016 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 04/29/2016 – No Amendments

 04/29/2016 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily – No Amendments

 05/02/2016 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments – Committee, Floor

 05/03/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed – No Amendments

 05/05/2016 House Judiciary

 05/05/2016 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole

 05/09/2016 House Second Reading Special Order – Passed with Amendments – Committee, Floor

 05/10/2016 House Third Reading Passed – No Amendments

 05/11/2016 Senate Considered House Amendments – Result was to Concur – Repass

 05/18/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate

 05/20/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House

 05/20/2016 Sent to the Governor

 FINAL ACTION: 06/10/2016 GOVERNOR SIGNED INTO LAW

 

  CLICK HERE TO READ SB 181