Bill # / Sponsor
Bill Title
CCC Position
 HB 19 1006

Rep. McLachlan

Rep. Carver

Sen. Fields

WILDFIRE MITIGATION WILDLAND-URBAN INTERFACE AREAS

Concerning measures to mitigate the effects of wildfires within wildland-urban interface areas, and, in connection therewith, creating a state grant program to promote forest management fuels reduction projects in such areas.

SUPPORT
 DESCRIPTION: 

Wildfire Matters Review Committee. The bill creates a state grant program to be administered by the Colorado state forest service (forest service) to fund proactive forest management fuels reduction projects to reduce the impacts to life, property, and critical infrastructure caused by wildfires. To be eligible for a grant award, a grant recipient must be any one of a group of individual landowners as specified in the bill whose real property that is the subject of a grant application is located within a land area that is covered by a community wildfire protection plan. The bill specifies requirements pertaining to the evaluation of grant proposals. The forest service is to select the proposals that will receive funding, administer the grant program, and develop procedures by which applicants are to apply for grants. The bill imposes a monetary limit on the amount of a grant to be awarded and also requires a grant applicant to demonstrate an available amount of matching funds to be awarded a grant. The bill creates the forest management fuels reduction projects grant program cash fund in the state treasury. The bill requires the forest service to report annually to the general assembly on the number, location, and benefits of all projects for which a grant award is made.

INTRODUCED        

11/04/2019 Introduced in House – Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture

 

ACTIVITY:

3/18/2019 House Committee on Rural Affairs & Agriculture Refer Amended to Appropriations

 

SCHEDULED:  House Committee on Appropriations – Not Scheduled

FINAL ACTION

 READ HB 19 1006

 

Bill # / Sponsor
Bill Title
CCC Position
 HB 19 1013

Rep. Exum

Sen. Pettersen

CHILD CARE EXPENSES TAX CREDIT LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

Concerning the extension of the income tax credit for child care expenses paid by a resident individual with a federal adjusted gross income of twenty-five thousand dollars or less.

SUPPORT
 DESCRIPTION: 

For income tax years prior to January 1, 2021, a resident individual who has a federal adjusted gross income of $25,000 or less may claim a refundable state income tax credit for child care expenses for the care of a dependent who is less than 13 years old. The tax credit is equal to 25% of eligible child care expenses that the individual incurred during the taxable year, up to a maximum amount of $500 for a single dependent or $1,000 for 2 or more dependents. The bill makes the tax credit permanent.

INTRODUCED        

1/04/2019 Introduced in the House – Assigned to Finance & Appropriations

 

ACTIVITY     

1/24/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations

2/12/2019 House Appropriations Laid Over

 

SCHEDULED

House Appropriations Not Re-Scheduled

 

FINAL ACTION: 

 READ HB 19 1013

 

Bill # / Sponsor
Bill Title
CCC Position
 HB 19 1025

Rep. Melton

Rep. Herod

Sen. N/A

LIMITS ON JOB APPLICANT CRIMINAL HISTORY INQUIRIES

Concerning the timing of an inquiry into a job applicant’s criminal history.

SUPPORT
 DESCRIPTION: 

The bill prohibits employers from:

 ! Advertising that a person with a criminal history may not apply for a position;

 ! Placing a statement in an employment application that a person with a criminal history may not apply for a position; or

 ! Inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history on an initial  application.   An employer may obtain a job applicant’s criminal history at any time.   An employer is exempt from the restrictions on advertising and initial employment applications when:

 ! The law prohibits a person who has a particular criminal history from being employed in a particular job;

 ! The employer is participating in a program to encourage  employment of people with criminal histories; or

 ! The employer is required by law to conduct a criminal history record check for the particular position.

The department of labor and employment is charged with  enforcing the requirements of the bill and may issue warnings and orders of compliance for violations and, for second or subsequent violations, impose civil penalties. A violation of the restrictions does not create a private cause of action, and the bill does not create a protected class under employment anti-discrimination laws. The   department is directed to adopt rules regarding procedures for handling complaints against employers.

INTRODUCED        

1/04/2019 Introduced in the House – Assigned to Judiciary

 

ACTIVITY     

1/29/2019 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations

2/22/2019 House Appropriations Committee Referred as amended, to the House COW.

2/26/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments to the Committee of the Whole

2/28 2019 House Third Reading Passed with No Amendments

INTRODUCED        

3/01/2019 Introduced in the Senate – Assigned to Judiciary

SCHEDULED 

Monday, March 18 in the Senate Committee on Judiciary at 1:30 p.m. in Room 352.

 

 FINAL ACTION: 

 READ HB 19 1025

 

 

Bill # / Sponsor  
Bill Title
CCC Position
HB 19 1032

Rep. Lontine  

Sen. Todd 

Sen. Coram

COMPREHENSIVE HUMAN SEXUALITY EDUCATION

Concerning comprehensive human sexuality education, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

OPPOSE
 DESCRIPTION: 

 The bill moves provisions of the statutory legislative declaration to   a nonstatutory legislative declaration.

 The bill clarifies content requirements for public schools that   offer comprehensive human sexuality education and prohibits   instruction from explicitly or implicitly teaching or endorsing   religious ideology or sectarian tenets or doctrines, using shame-   based or stigmatizing language or instructional tools, employing   gender norms or gender stereotypes, or excluding the relational or   sexual experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender   Individuals.

 Current law provides for a comprehensive human sexuality   education grant program. The bill amends certain provisions of the   grant program to:

! Require the department of public health and environment to   submit an annual report concerning the outcomes of the grant   program indefinitely;

 ! Add 8 representatives to the oversight entity and   require membership of the oversight entity to be comprised of at

least 7 members who are members of groups of people who have   been or might be discriminated against;

 ! Require grant applicants to demonstrate a need for money to   implement comprehensive human sexuality education; and

! Require that rural public schools or public schools that do not   currently offer comprehensive human sexuality education receive   priority when selecting grant applicants.

 The bill provides a general appropriation of at least $1   million annually for the grant program.

 The bill prohibits the state board of education from waiving   the content requirements for any public school that provides   comprehensive human sexuality education.

INTRODUCED        

1/04/2019 Introduced in the House – Assigned to Health & Insurance

 

ACTIVITY     

1/30/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations

2/12/2019 House Appropriations Refer to House Committee of the Whole

2/13/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Until February 15, 2019

2/15/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments – Committee, Floor

2/19/2019 House Third Reading Passed – No Amendments

 

INTRODUCED        

2/21/2019 Introduced in Senate – Assigned to Health & Human Services

ACTIVITY

2/28/2019 Senate Health & Human Services Referred as Amended to Senate Appropriations

SCHEDULED

Senate Committee on Appropriations  Not Scheduled

 

 FINAL ACTION: 

 READ HB 19 1032

 

 

 

Bill # / Sponsor
Bill Title
CCC Position
 HB 19 1042

Rep. Gonzales-Gutierrez

Sen. Gonzales

EXTEND COURT JURISDICTION FOR VULNERABLE YOUTH

Concerning expanding the jurisdiction of the courts for certain vulnerable youth.

SUPPORT
 DESCRIPTION: 

The bill extends the jurisdiction of the court for guardianship proceedings and proceedings concerning the allocation of parental responsibilities for certain unmarried youth under 21 years of age who meet the requirements for such orders, as well as criteria specified in the bill, and who seek findings from the court that may support an application for special immigrant juvenile classification under federal law.

INTRODUCED

1/04/2019 Introduced in House – Assigned to Judiciary

 

ACTIVITY        

1/24/2019 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole

1/30/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments – Committee

1/31/2019 House Third Reading Passed – No Amendments

 

INTRODUCED

2/04/2019 introduced In Senate – Assigned to Judiciary

 

ACTIVITY    

2/25/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Referred Unamended to the Senate Committee of the Whole

2/28/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed No Amendments

3/01/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed No Amendments

 

FINAL ACTION: 

 READ HB 19 1042

 

 

Bill # / Sponsor    
Bill Title
CCC Position
 HB 19 1051

Rep. Carver 

Rep. McLachlan

Sen.Gardner  

Sen. Ginal

COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY HUMAN TRAFFICKING-RELATED TRAINING

Concerning human trafficking prevention training by the department of public safety.

SUPPORT
 DESCRIPTION: 

The bill requires the division of criminal justice to provide human trafficking training to law enforcement agencies and entities that provide services to human trafficking victims. The training may include: 

Train-the-trainer programs;

Direct trainings;

and Online training programs.

The training may be provided to law enforcement agencies, organizations that provide direct services to human trafficking victims, school personnel and parents or guardians of students, and any other organization, agency, or group that would benefit from such training. The training must be developed in consultation with the Colorado human trafficking council.

When considering requests for training, the division should give priority to requests from areas of the state that have limited access to training resources. Beginning in 2020, the council’s annual human trafficking report must include an update on the training provided.

The bill requires the Colorado school safety resource center to include awareness and prevention of human trafficking in the materials and training that it provides.

INTRODUCED        

1/04/2019 Introduced in the House – Assigned to Judiciary

 

ACTIVITY     

1/17/2019 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations

 

SCHEDULED

House Appropriations Not Scheduled

 

 FINAL ACTION: 

 READ  HB 19 1051

 

Bill # / Sponsor
Bill Title
CCC Position
HB 19 1075

 Rep. Wilson  

 Sen. N/A

TAX CREDIT EMPLOYER-ASSISTED HOUSING PILOT PROGRAM

Concerning the creation of a credit against the state income tax as a pilot program to promote employer-assisted housing projects in rural areas.

 

SUPPORT
 DESCRIPTION: 

As a pilot program to promote employer-assisted housing projects  in rural areas, for income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2019, but prior to January 1, 2023, the bill creates a state income tax credit for a donation a taxpayer makes to a sponsor that is used solely for the costs associated with employer-assisted affordable housing in a rural area.

The bill defines “sponsor” to mean the Colorado housing and finance authority, a housing authority operated by a county or municipality, a nonprofit corporation that has been designated as a community development corporation under the federal tax code, or an international, nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization whose mission is concentrated on constructing affordable housing.

The amount of the credit allowed by the bill is 20% of the approved donation amount; except that the aggregate amount of the credit awarded to any one taxpayer is limited to $400 in any one income tax year.

The bill contains additional requirements pertaining to the manner in which the taxpayer submits information to receive the tax credit. The bill also requires periodic reporting of information on the use of the tax credit.

INTRODUCED

1/11/2019 Introduced in the House – Assigned to Finance

 

ACTIVITY

2/07/2019 House Finance Refer as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.

 

SCHEDULED

House Appropriations Not Scheduled

 

 FINAL ACTION: 

 READ  HB 19 1075

 

Bill # / Sponsor
Bill Title
CCC Position
HB 19 1118

Rep. Jackson

Rep. Galindo

Sen. A. Williams

TIME PERIOD TO CURE LEASE VIOLATION

Concerning the time allowed for a tenant to cure a lease violation that is not a substantial violation.       

SUPPORT
 DESCRIPTION: 

Current law requires a landlord to provide a tenant 3 days to cure a violation for unpaid rent or any other condition or covenant of a lease agreement, other than a substantial violation, before the landlord can initiate eviction proceedings based on that unpaid rent or other violation. Current law also requires 3 days’ notice prior to a tenancy being terminated for a subsequent violation of a condition or covenant of a lease agreement.

The bill requires a landlord to provide a tenant 14 days to cure a violation for unpaid rent or for a first violation of any other condition or covenant of a lease agreement, other than a substantial violation, before the landlord can initiate  eviction proceedings. The bill requires 14 days’ notice prior to the landlord terminating a lease agreement for a subsequent violation of the same condition or covenant of the agreement.

 

INTRODUCED        

1/16 /2019 Introduced in the House – Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor

 

ACTIVITY     

2/13/2019 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to Transportation & Local Government

2/27/2019 House  Committee on Transportation & Local Government Referred Unamended to the House Committee of the Whole.

3/11/2019 House Second Reading Special Order – Passed with Amendments – Committee

3/15/2019 House Third Reading Passed – No Amendments

SCHEDULED

Senate Committee Not Yet Assigned

 

 

 FINAL ACTION: 

 READ  HB 19 1118

 

Bill # / Sponsor
Bill Title
CCC Position
 HB 19 1122

Rep. Buckner &

Rep. Landgraf

Sen. Fields &

Sen. Gardner

COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT MATERNAL MORTALITY REVIEW COMMITTEE

Concerning the creation of a maternal mortality review committee in the department of public health and environment.

SUPPORT
 DESCRIPTION: 

The bill creates the Colorado maternal mortality review committee (committee), which is required to review maternal deaths, identify the causes of maternal mortality, and develop recommendations to address preventable maternal deaths, including legislation, policies, rules, and best practices that will support the health and safety of the pregnant and postpartum population in Colorado and prevent maternal deaths. The chief medical officer of the department of public health and environment (department) is directed to appoint at least 11 members to serve on the committee.

The bill requires certain health care providers and law enforcement officials to provide medical records to the department concerning each maternal death for access by the members of the committee. The records, notes, information, and activities of the committee are confidential.

INTRODUCED

1/16/2019 Introduced in the House – Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services

 

ACTIVITY        

2/13/2019 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations

 

SCHEDULED   

House Appropriations Not Scheduled

 

 

FINAL ACTION: 

 READ HB 19 1122

 

Bill # / Sponsor
Bill Title
CCC Position
HB 19 1123

Rep. Larson

Sen. Smallwood

INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR 529 ACCT K-12 EXPENSES

Concerning the alignment of the state income tax deduction for contributions to a 529 account with the changes in the federal “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” of 2017 that allow tax-free distributions for elementary and secondary tuition expenses.    

 

 

SUPPORT
 DESCRIPTION: 

Current law allows contributions to a qualified state tuition program, also known as a 529 account, so long as the distributions are used for qualified higher education expenses, with some exceptions, but not for elementary and secondary tuition expenses. The federal “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”, which became law in December 2017, added distributions for tuition expenses in connection with enrollment or attendance at an elementary or secondary public, private, or religious school as qualified distributions thereby allowing, on the federal level, income tax-free distributions for certain elementary and secondary education expenses in addition to already authorized income tax-free distributions for higher education expenses.

The bill makes similar changes to Colorado law to allow a deduction for contributions to qualified state tuition programs for tuition expenses in connection with enrollment or attendance at an elementary or secondary public, private, or religious school and designating such expenses as qualified distributions, which ensures that a taxpayer does not encounter tax recapture of any claimed deductions when such contributions are distributed for tuition expenses in connection with enrollment or attendance at an elementary or secondary public, private, or religious school.

INTRODUCED        

1/16 /2019 Introduced in the House – Assigned to Education

 

ACTIVITY     

2/14/2019 House Committee on Education Lay Over Unamended – Amendment(s) Failed

2/19/2019 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely

 

FINAL ACTION       

2/19/2019 House Committee on Education Postponed Indefinitely

 

 READ HB 19 1123

 

Bill # / Sponsor
Bill Title
CCC Position
HB 19 1151

 Rep. Geitner

 Sen. N/A

SPECIAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS

Concerning scholarships for children with disabilities.

SUPPORT
DESCRIPTION: 

The bill creates the Colorado special education opportunity scholarship program (program) to provide scholarships to parents of eligible students with disabilities to use in purchasing services from an education provider or other educational services as selected by the parent. The department of education (department) must select up to 3 entities (scholarship facilitators) to implement the program by establishing and maintaining an account for each participating eligible student. The administrative costs of the scholarship facilitators are paid from money deposited in each account.

 

An eligible student who participates in the program receives a scholarship in an amount equal to the statewide per pupil revenues plus the amount of per pupil special education funding plus a proportional share of the funding for students with multiple disabilities if the eligible student has multiple disabilities. The eligible student must not be enrolled in a public school so long as the student is receiving a scholarship. The parent of a participating eligible student must use the money in the student’s account to purchase educational services or materials, as described in the bill, and maintain a record of and receipts for services and materials purchased. A parent may not accept any payment, rebate, or illegitimate refund from a provider from whom the parent purchases educational services or materials. The bill establishes the process for investigating and addressing, if necessary, any alleged misuse of scholarship money.

The bill specifies the duties of the scholarship facilitators, including publicizing the program, reporting specified information to the department, establishing the method for paying money out of the accounts, monitoring parents’ use of the money in the accounts, and approving educational services providers.

INTRODUCED    

1/29/2019 Introduced In House – Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

 

ACTIVITY            

2/14/2019 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

 

FINAL ACTION   

2/14/2019 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postponed Indefinitely

 

 TO READ  HB 19 1151

 

Bill # / Sponsor
Bill Title
CCC Position
 HB 19 1223

Rep. Michaelson Jenet &

Rep. Larson

 

Sen. Winter

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY APPLICATION ASSISTANCE

Concerning application assistance for persons seeking federal disability benefits.

SUPPORT
 DESCRIPTION: 

The bill creates a program to help persons with disabilities participating in the state aid to the needy disabled program navigate the application process for federal disability benefits, including supplemental security income and social security disability insurance. The program is provided by participating county or district departments of human or social services (county departments) and is administered by the state department of human services (state department).

Funding for the program is distributed to participating county departments pursuant to an allocation formula determined by state department rules after the state department receives input from counties, county representatives, and other relevant stakeholders.

The bill includes the services that may be provided by county departments participating in the program. The services may include assistance with compiling and drafting supporting documentation for the application for federal disability benefits and in completing and submitting the application.

The state department shall evaluate the program pursuant to the time frame set forth in the bill to determine if the program is meeting the program goals described in the bill.

The bill creates the disability benefits application assistance fund (fund) and requires the state treasurer and controller to annually transfer to the fund money appropriated for the aid to the needy disabled program that remains unencumbered and unexpended at the end of the fiscal year.

INTRODUCED        

3/05/2019 Introduced in the House – Assigned to State Veterans & Military Affairs

 

ACTIVITY     

Assigned to State Veterans & Military Affairs

 

SCHEDULED

Tuesday, March 19 House State Veterans & Military Affairs Committee at 1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A

 

FINAL ACTION: 

 

 

 READ HB 19 1223