Following is a brief summary of four bills for each of NE Denver’s legislators that were sent to or signed by the governor (unless otherwise noted).
Rep. Lois Court
HB 1030 – Off-highway Vehicles Regulation: Allows local governments to permit OHVs on state highways within their jurisdiction, with a goal of permitting access to roads in the Colorado back-country benefiting, in particular, disabled veterans.
HB 1054 – End-of-Life Options for Individuals with a Terminal Illness: Would have authorized an individual with a terminal illness to request, and the individual’s attending physician to prescribe to the individual, medication to give the individual a choice at the end of life. Passed out of committee but was pulled by bill sponsors in anticipation of difficult floor fight.
HB 1182 – Establishing Contribution Limits Under the “Fair Campaign Practices Act” for Candidates for School District Director: Would set limits on contributions to candidates for school district director comparable to limits in effect for state elected officials. Did not pass (postponed indefinitely in committee).
HB 1297 – Reestablish Check-offs Excluded from the 2015 Tax Form: Expands the number of organizations to be included on the Colorado income tax return for which voluntary contributions can be made.
Sen. Mike Johnston
SB 35 – Public School Fund: Creates $2 billion bonding capacity combining resources of State Land Trust and local school districts to support capital construction, particularly in rural areas.
SB 116 –Sealing of Criminal Justice Records Other Than Convictions: Creates simplified process; eliminates need to sue the state to accomplish sealing of records.
HB 1260 – Increase the Statute of Limitations for Sexual Assault: Extends the period of time during which a person may be prosecuted to 20 years.
HB 1264 – Ban Law Enforcement Use of Chokehold: Defines “chokehold” and sets strict limits on its usage.
Rep. Beth McCann
HB 1090 – Finders’ Fees for Foreclosure Sale Proceeds: Sets limits in amount and through time of potential payments to person who assists property owner in recovering amounts due to the owner from the public trustee following sale of a foreclosed property when the amount bid exceeds the amount owed by the property owner (“overbid”).
HB 1215 – Changes the Statutory Purposes of Parole: New language focuses more on rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders into society.
HB 1216 – Administration of the Independent Ethics Commission: Allows commission to retain its own legal counsel to avoid opportunities for appearances of impropriety that might arise when investigating cases of state employees represented by State Attorney General’s office. Failed in Senate.
HB 1388 – Employer Hiring Criminal History: this so-called “Ban the Box” bill would bar employers from asking on forms about criminal backgrounds, though it would not prevent them from broaching the subject in interviews or from looking into an applicant’s background on their own. Failed in the Senate.
Sen. Pat Steadman
HB 1408 – Cash Fund Allocations for Health-related Programs: this modifies and streamlines the allocation of tobacco litigation settlement moneys and stabilizes the fund with marijuana revenues.
HB 1414 – Telephone Users with Disabilities Fund: Stabilizes funding base for telecom relay services by applying fee to all telecommunications regardless of technology, not just land lines. Expands service to those who are both deaf and blind.
SB 146 – Modernizing Statutes Related to Sexually Transmitted Infections: merges existing laws on STIs and HIV to no longer stigmatize HIV infection with stand-alone provisions for this one virus, and broadens the scope and power of public health protections by making procedures applicable to all STIs that today apply only to HIV.
SB 150 –Marriage by Individuals Who Are Parties to a Civil Union: this clarifies the dissolution process when there is both a marriage and a civil union between the parties.
Rep. Angela Williams
HB 1014 – SOS Business Intelligence Center: Continues a pilot business intelligence center in the Colorado Department of State to streamline access to public data and provide resources to make the data more useful.
HB 1262 – Improving Peace Officer Hiring: Requires opening of internal affairs files for candidate employed by another law enforcement agency.
HB 1263 – Racial Profiling Prohibition: Updates law passed in 2001 to include gender, gender identity, national origin, language, religion, sexual orientation or disability.
SB 183 – Creation of a Task Force to Study Colorado’s 911 Needs: The task force will study other states’ laws, rules and practices concerning 911 oversight, outage report and reliability and will determine whether the current funding is sufficient for providing existing 911 service and transitioning to next-generation 911 service.