Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position
HB 14 – 1117

Rep. Schafer
Sen. Roberts

Colorado Premature Birth Commission

Concerning the creation of the Colorado premature birth commission.

AMENDING
DESCRIPTION:

The bill creates the Colorado premature birth commission (commission). The executive director of the department of public health and environment (director) is required to appoint no more than 12 members to the commission. The commission is directed to make recommendations and identify strategies to reduce premature births in Colorado. The bill requires the director to report these findings to the health committees of the general assembly. The commission is repealed after the report is made.

 

ACTIVITY:

01/15/2014 Introduced In House – Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
02/06/2014 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
02/11/2014 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily – No Amendments
02/13/2014 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments – Floor
02/17/2014 House Third Reading Passed – No Amendments
02/18/2014 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Health & Human Services
03/13/2014 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended – Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/18/2014 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments – Committee
03/19/2014 Senate Third Reading Referred w/Amend. to Legislative Council – Floor

FINAL ACTION:

04/25/2014 Senate Committee on Legislative Council Postpone Indefinitely
CLICK HERE TO READ HB 14-1117

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position
HB 14 – 1017

Rep. Duran
Sen. Ulibarri

 

Expand Availability of Affordable Housing

Concerning Measures to expand the availability of affordable housing in the state, and, in connection therewith, making modifications to statutory provisions establishing the housing investment trust fund, the housing development grant fund, and the low-income housing tax credit.

SUPPORT
DESCRIPTION:

In connection with the existing housing investment trust fund, the bill:

  • Changes the name of the fund from the home investment trust fund to the housing investment trust fund (trust fund);
  • Expands the sources of moneys that may be used to support the trust fund to include any moneys made available by the general assembly, all moneys collected by the division of housing (division) for the purpose of the trust fund from federal grants and from contributions, other grants, gifts, bequests, and donations received from any other organization, entity, or individual, public or private, and any fees or interest earned on such moneys;
  • Clarifies that the division is authorized and directed to solicit, accept, expend, and disburse all moneys collected for the trust fund from the various public and private sources identified in the bill for the purpose of making, not just loans as under existing law, but also loan guarantees, and for program administration. The bill specifies that any moneys in the trust fund at the end of any fiscal year do not revert to the general fund and that moneys in the trust fund are continuously appropriated to the division for the purposes specified in statute.
  • Under current law, upon the approval of the state housing board, the division is authorized to make a loan from moneys in the trust fund to any local housing authority, public nonprofit corporation, or private nonprofit corporation for development or redevelopment costs incurred prior to the completion or occupancy of low- or moderate-income housing or for the rehabilitation of such housing. The bill deletes the enumeration of the entities entitled to borrow such moneys and also eliminates the requirement that such loan moneys may be used for development or redevelopment costs incurred prior to the occupancy of low- or moderate-income housing; and
  • Permits the division to charge the borrower an origination fee for loans made from the trust fund.

The fee must be used for direct and indirect costs associated with the administration of the trust fund.
In connection with the existing housing development grant fund (fund), the bill:

  • Expands the permissible uses of moneys in the fund to include program administration;
  • Strikes existing language authorizing the division to make a grant or loan from the fund to finance foreclosure prevention activities, which has been repealed effective June 30, 2011;
  • Eliminates the requirement that the borrower is required to seek replacement loans or funding no later than 180 days from the date of the loan; and
  • Under current law, not more than $250,000 may be appropriated from the general fund in any one state fiscal year for any uses not related to construction grants or loans. The bill changes this requirement so that not more than 20% of the balance of moneys in the fund calculated as of July 1 of any state fiscal year may be appropriated from the general fund in any one state fiscal year for any housing-connected uses not related to construction grants or loans.

The bill also deletes obsolete language in existing statutory provisions governing the 2 funds.
In connection with the existing state low-income housing tax credit, the bill adds as a requirement for establishment of the credit that, where the qualified development contains 100 or more total residential units, at least 10% of the residential units in the development must be occupied by qualified residents. Where the qualified development contains less than 100 total residential units, not less than 15% of the total number of residential units in the development must be occupied by qualified residents. “Qualified resident” means an occupant of a residential unit in a qualified development whose household income is not more than 30% of the adjusted median income of the area in which the qualified development is located.

 

ACTIVITY:

01/08/2014 Introduced In House – Assigned to Local Government
01/22/2014 House Committee on Local Government Refer Amended to Finance
02/19/2014 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
02/28/2014 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/03/2014 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments – Committee
03/04/2014 House Third Reading Passed – No Amendments
03/07/2014 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Finance
03/18/2014 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 Passed with Amendments – Committee, Floor
04/16/2014 Senate Third Reading Passed – No Amendments
04/16/2014 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered – No Amendments
04/16/2014 Senate Third Reading Passed – No Amendments
04/22/2014 House Considered Senate Amendments – Result was to Concur – Repass
04/22/2014 House Considered Senate Amendments – Result was to Laid Over Daily
04/29/2014 Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/29/2014 Signed by the President of the Senate
04/30/2014 Sent to the Governor

FINAL ACTION:

CLICK HERE TO READ HB 14-1017

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position
HB 14 – 1042

Rep. Saine
Sen. Tochtrop

Birth Parent Access To Relinquishment Records

Concerning access by birth parents to records relating to the relinquishment of parental rights.

AMENDING
DESCRIPTION:

This bill requires that a custodian of records relating to the relinquishment of a child provide the following records to the child’s birth parent at the time of relinquishment or at the time the document is created:

  • The original birth certificate;
  • The petition to relinquish;
  • The final order of relinquishment or other relinquishment documents;
  • The affidavit of counseling;
  • The temporary waiver of custody; and
  • The expedited relinquishment documents, if applicable.

If relinquishment records were not provided to a birth parent at the time of the relinquishment of the child or at the time the document was created and the subsequent termination of the parent-child legal relationship was not the result of a dependency and neglect action, then upon written request of the birth parent and proof of identification, the custodian of the records shall provide access to and copies of such records to the birth parent, including all documents that the birth parent signed or on which the birth parent is named.

ACTIVITY:

01/08/2014 Introduced In House – Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
01/21/2014 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to Finance
02/06/2014 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
02/21/2014 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
02/26/2014 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily – No Amendments
03/04/2014 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments – Committee, Floor
03/06/2014 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily – No Amendments
03/07/2014 House Third Reading Passed – No Amendments
03/12/2014 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Judiciary
03/17/2014 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Finance
03/25/2014 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/16/2014 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended – Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/17/2014 Senate Second Reading Special Order – Passed with Amendments – Committee
04/21/2014 Senate Third Reading Passed – No Amendments
04/22/2014 House Considered Senate Amendments – Result was to Concur – Repass
04/25/2014 Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/25/2014 Signed by the President of the Senate
04/28/2014 Sent to the Governor

FINAL ACTION:

CLICK HERE TO READ HB 14-1042

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position
HB 14 – 1048

Rep. Priola
Sen. Tochtrop

Religious Freedom Higher Education Student Groups

Concerning religious freedom for student groups at state institutions of higher education.

SUPPORT
DESCRIPTION:

The bill prohibits a state institution of higher education (institution) from denying a religious student group a benefit that the institution provides to a nonreligious student group solely because the religious student group requires its leaders to adhere to the group’s sincerely held religious beliefs or standards of conduct. These benefits include recognition, registration, use of institution facilities, use of institution channels of communication, and available institution funding sources.

ACTIVITY:

01/08/2014 Introduced In House – Assigned to Education

FINAL ACTION:

01/27/2014 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely

CLICK HERE TO READ HB 14-1048

 

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position
HB 14 – 1265

Rep. Moreno
Sen. Roberts

Bingo Raffles Reorganization Cleanup

Concerning the regulation of games of chance.

SUPPORT
DESCRIPTION:

The bill reorganizes the “Bingo and Raffles Law” and makes technical amendments to the law. In addition, the bill makes the following substantive changes:

  • The office of the secretary of state (the “licensing authority”) may specify other methods for selecting winning numbers in a raffle besides the “random method” specified in current law. (Section 1)
  • For purposes of the prohibition on remunerating volunteer workers at a game of chance, food is excluded so long as the retail value of the food does not exceed a limit set by rules of the licensing authority. (Section 5)
  • Games of chance other than bingo and pull tab games may be conducted with equipment not owned or leased by the bingo-raffle licensee or landlord of the premises on which the game of chance is held. (Section 5)
  • If a game of progressive bingo is not won at the first occasion on which it is played, the play may continue on subsequent occasions that fall on the same day of the week as the first occasion rather than on every subsequent occasion as required under current law. (Section 6)
  • Licensees may maintain a bank account containing only proceeds from progressive games. (Section 10)
ACTIVITY:

02/04/2014 Introduced In House – Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
02/19/2014 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
02/21/2014 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments
02/24/2014 House Third Reading Passed
02/26/2014 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
03/12/2014 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended – Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/17/2014 Senate Second Reading Passed
03/19/2014 Senate Third Reading Passed
03/19/2014 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered
03/20/2014 House Considered Senate Amendments – Result was to Concur – Repass
03/26/2014:28 PM 04:10 Signed by the President of the Senate
03/26/2014:28 AM 04:20 Signed by the Speaker of the House
03/26/2014 Sent to the Governor

FINAL ACTION:

04/04/2014 Governor Signed Into Law

CLICK HERE TO READ HB 14-1265 FINAL ACT 

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position
HB 14 – 1273

Rep. McCann
Sen. Newell

Human Trafficking

Concerning Human Trafficking

SUPPORT
DESCRIPTION:

The bill repeals and reenacts, with amendments, existing provisions concerning human trafficking.
A person who knowingly sells, recruits, harbors, transports, transfers, isolates, induces, entices, provides, receives, or obtains by any means another person for the purpose of coercing the other person to perform labor or services commits human trafficking for involuntary servitude. Human trafficking of an adult for involuntary servitude is a class 3 felony. Human trafficking of a minor for involuntary servitude is a class 2 felony.
A person who knowingly sells, recruits, harbors, transports, transfers, isolates, induces, entices, provides, receives, or obtains by any means a person for the purpose of coercing the person to engage in commercial sexual activity commits human trafficking for sexual servitude. Human trafficking of an adult for sexual servitude is a class 3 felony. Human trafficking of an minor for sexual servitude is a class 2 felony.
In any prosecution for human trafficking of an minor for sexual servitude, it is not a defense that:

  • The minor consented to being sold, recruited, harbored, transported, transferred, isolated, induced, enticed, provided, received, obtained, or maintained by the defendant for the purpose of engaging in commercial sexual activity;
  • The minor consented to participating in commercial sexual activity; or
  • The defendant did not know the minor’s age or reasonably believed the minor to be 18 years of age or older, or that the minor or another person represented the minor to be 18 years of age or older.

Human trafficking of a minor for sexual servitude is a “sex offense against a child” for the purposes of the statute of limitations. This means that there is no limit to the period of time within which criminal  proceedings may be initiated against an offender.
The bill creates the Colorado human trafficking council (council) within the department of public safety (department). The bill establishes the membership of the council and sets forth the duties of the council.
In any criminal prosecution for a human trafficking offense or for any offense relating to child prostitution, evidence of specific instances of the victim’s or a witness’s prior or subsequent sexual conduct, or opinion evidence of the victim’s or a witness’s sexual conduct, or reputation evidence of the victim’s or a witness’s sexual conduct, or evidence that the victim or a witness has a history of false reporting of sexual assaults is to be offered at trial, may only by admitted under specific circumstances.
For a conviction for human trafficking for involuntary servitude or for human trafficking for sexual servitude, the court shall order restitution, if appropriate, even if the victim is unavailable to accept payment of restitution. If the victim is deceased or unavailable for 5 years after the date of the restitution order, the defendant shall pay the ordered restitution to the prostitution enforcement cash fund.

ACTIVITY:

02/06/2014 Introduced In House – Assigned to Judiciary + Appropriations
03/11/2014 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
04/04/2014 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/04/2014 House Second Reading Special Order – Passed with Amendments – Committee, Floor
04/07/2014 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily – No Amendments
04/08/2014 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments – Floor
04/08/2014 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Judiciary
04/16/2014 Senate Committee on Judiciary Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
04/21/2014 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/23/2014 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/25/2014 Senate Second Reading Passed – No Amendments
04/28/2014 Senate Third Reading Laid Over to 04/30/2014 – No Amendments
04/30/2014 Senate Third Reading Passed – No Amendments

FINAL ACTION:

CLICK HERE TO READ HB 14-1273

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position
HB 14 – 1317

Rep. Duran
Sen. Nicholson

Colorad Child Care Assistance Program Changes

Concerning modifications to the Colorado child care assistance program, and, in connection therewith,
aligning eligibility and authorization; addressing affordability by reducing copayments; improving provider reimbursement rates; increasing access to quality care; and improving technology, infrastructure, and administration.

SUPPORT
DESCRIPTION:

The bill makes several modifications to the Colorado child care assistance program (program), including:

  • The state board of human services (board) must establish provider reimbursement rates for infant and toddler care at least at the 75th percentile of each county’s local market rate for infant and toddler care;
  • The state-established provider reimbursement rates must include a system of tiered reimbursement for providers that enroll children in the program;
  • A county may petition the board to opt out of the state-established provider reimbursement rates;
  • Subject to available appropriations, counties are directed to provide child care assistance to a person or family whose income is not more than 165% of the federal poverty level;
  • The board must adopt new rules for determining the amount of copayment a participant in the program must pay. The rules must include a provision that for a family living at 100% of the federal poverty level, the copayment must be restricted to 1% of the family’s gross annual income.
  • The rules concerning participant copayment must also establish a tiered copayment schedule that increases the copayment gradually as the participant’s income approaches self-sufficiency income levels. The participant’s income should reflect an average of income over time to account for variations in wages, work schedules, or seasonal employment.
  • A county shall set the exit income eligibility threshold at a level higher than the entry income eligibility level, at an income level needed for a family of the size receiving the child care assistance to achieve a self-sufficiency standard of living in that county, at a level not to exceed 85% of the state median income for a family of the same size, and in a manner so that a family does not lose child care assistance due to a modest increase in the parents’ income above their entry income eligibility level;
  • In current rule, a participant in the program who loses employment can remain in the program for only 30 days while actively searching for employment. The bill increases that time to at least 60 days, assuming all other eligibility criteria are met.
  • The bill creates a new eligibility activity by allowing a Parent who is not employed but who is either enrolled in a postsecondary or workforce training program to participate in the program for up to 2 years he or she is enrolled in the postsecondary or workforce training program;
  • The bill makes it a statutory requirement that the hours for the provision of child care services through the program must not be directly linked to a participant’s employment, education, or workforce training schedule;
  • The bill requires a county to allow for presumptive eligibility of a participant for at least 30 days while awaiting verification of an application to the program;
  • No more than one month of paystubs must be required when determining a family’s income eligibility for the program;
  • Counties are given the authority to develop a voucher system for relative or unlicensed child care for families enrolled in the program;
  • Counties are given permission to use their program allocations to provide direct contracts or grants to early care and education providers for a county-determined number of program slots for a 12-month period to increase the supply and improve the quality and continuity of child care for infants and toddlers, children with disabilities, after-hours care, and children in underserved neighborhoods;
  • Counties are required to provide participants and child care providers with at least 45 days’ notice prior to the effective date of any change in income eligibility levels;
  • Counties are required to post eligibility, authorization, and administration policies and procedures so they are easily accessible to a layperson;
  • Administrative changes in the bill include allowing a county to use eligibility determination information from other public assistance programs and systems to determine program eligibility, allowing a child care provider to accept a participant’s program application and submit it to the county on behalf of the family seeking enrollment in the program, and requiring each county to maintain a current and accurate program waiting list;
  • Counties shall reimburse providers, separate from regular reimbursement rates, for no fewer than 5 days per month of child absences or holidays; and
  • The state department of human services is directed to prepare an annual report on the program.
ACTIVITY:

03/11/2014 Introduced In House – Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services + Appropriations
03/18/2014 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
04/04/2014 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/07/2014 House Second Reading Re-referred to Appropriations – No Amendments
04/10/2014 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/10/2014 House Second Reading Special Order – Passed with Amendments – Committee, Floor
04/11/2014 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily – No Amendments
04/14/2014 House Third Reading Passed – No Amendments
04/15/2014 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Health & Human Services
04/24/2014 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
04/25/2014 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/29/2014 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments – Committee, Floor
04/30/2014 Senate Third Reading Passed – No Amendments
05/02/2014 House Considered Senate Amendments – Result was to Concur – Repass

FINAL ACTION:

CLICK HERE TO READ HB 14-1317

 

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position
HB 14 – 1324

Rep. Pettersen
Sen. Steadman

Unlawful Termination of Pregnancy Civil Damages

Concerning damages that result from a civil cause of action for unlawful termination of a pregnancy caused by at least reckless conduct.

OPPOSE
DESCRIPTION:

The bill creates a civil cause of action as the sole civil remedy for a woman who suffers an intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly unlawful termination of her pregnancy. The standard of proof for the suit is a preponderance of the evidence. The allowable damages are:

  • Economic damages, including but not limited to the cost of treatment and rehabilitation, medical expenses, and any other pecuniary loss proximately caused by the unlawful termination of her pregnancy;
  • Noneconomic damages, including but not limited to pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment, loss of companionship and consortium, and other nonpecuniary loss proximately caused by the unlawful termination of her pregnancy;
  • Exemplary damages;
  • Reasonable attorney fees incurred as a result of bringing an action under this section;
  • Costs of suit, including but not limited to expenses for expert witnesses and expenses for investigative services to determine the identity of the defendant and the location of assets of the defendant; and
  • Interest.

The bill provides exceptions to liability for various medical personnel. The bill requires a case to be filed within 3 years of the cause of action arising and does not require a criminal conviction for a case to proceed.
The bill amends the wrongful death statute to define “person” as a human being who had been born and was alive at the time of the act.

ACTIVITY:

03/19/2014 Introduced In House – Assigned to Judiciary
04/08/2014 House Committee on Judiciary Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only

FINAL ACTION:

04/24/2014 House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely

CLICK HERE TO READ HB 14-1324

 

Bill # / Sponsor (s)
Bill Title
CCC Position
HB 14 – 1349

Rep. Hullinghorst
Sen. Heath

Prop Tax Exempt Nonprofit Entity Fed Tax Credits

Concerning the creation of an exemption from property taxes for qualifying business entities controlled by nonprofit organizations that are formed for the purpose of qualifying for federal tax credits.

SUPPORT
DESCRIPTION:

For property tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2014, section 1 of the bill exempts real and personal property from the levy and collection of property tax if:

  • The property tax is owed by a qualified business entity; and
  • The property is used for charitable, religious, or educational purposes in accordance with existing property tax exemptions.

Section 1 of the bill also defines “qualified business entity” to mean a limited partnership or a limited liability company:

  • That is formed for the purpose of obtaining federal tax credits and that does obtain such credits; and
  • The general partner or managing member of which is an entity that would qualify for an existing property tax exemption for charitable, religious, or educational purposes.

Sections 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the bill repeal statutory provisions that had required an entity formed to obtain the federal new markets tax credits or federal rehabilitation tax credits and that claims a property tax exemption to pay annually to the applicable county a payment in lieu of property taxes.

ACTIVITY:

03/31/2014 Introduced In House – Assigned to Finance
04/09/2014 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
04/10/2014 House Second Reading Special Order – Passed – No Amendments
04/11/2014 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily – No Amendments
04/14/2014 House Third Reading Passed – No Amendments
04/15/2014 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Finance
04/29/2014 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/01/2014 Senate Second Reading Passed – No Amendments
05/02/2014 Senate Third Reading Passed – No Amendments

FINAL ACTION:

CLICK HERE TO READ HB 14-1349