Colorado: Legislature WEEK OF April 1-5

Colorado: Legislature WEEK OF April 1-5



This week Democrats are expected to introduce legislation that will take away the secure optionsFile:ColoradoStateCapitolSenateChamber_gobeirne we have to cast our ballot, and move to all mail-in elections. Colorado was one of the few states to see voter turnout rise in 2012 over 2008, and that’s because every voter was given the option to vote in a way that was secure and convenient for them.

Spotlight on Bill Hearings and Floor Schedule
Information on hearings and bill progress. Suggested actions and effective strategies. THIS IS NOT EVERY ACTION. PLEASE REVIEW THE CALENDARS BELOW TO DISCOVER ANY ACTIONS NOT LISTED HERE.

WEEK OF April 1-5

SENATE
FLOOR

MONDAY

SB 213, Public School Finance Act, Completely rewrites Colorado’s school finance laws and will raise taxes $1.4 billion if November 2013 ballot measure is approved by voters.

HB 1060, Raises maximum fine allowed in state’s municipal courts.

SB 212, Revises public financing options for Renewable Energy Improvement Districts, allowing public subsidized financing for commercial building “green energy” improvements.

COMMITTEES

MONDAY

1:30 PM, SCR 352; Senate Judiciary Committee,
HB 1258, repeals the state’s 2006 bipartisan law SB90 which prohibits Sanctuary City policies

1:30 PM, SCR 353; State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee,
SB 140, declares non-enforcement for any federal law on firearms

1:30 PM, SCR 356; Amendment 64 Joint Select Committee,
Consideration of Amendment 64 task Force recommendations

WEDNESDAY

Upon Adjournment, SCR 352; Senate Health and Human Services Committee,
SB 220, establishes new criminal penalties for non-reporting suspicions of child abuse by emergency medical providers

1:30 PM, SCR 356; State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee,
SB 001, Democrats principal “jobs bill” offers new tax subsidies for “working families”

THURSDAY

1:30 PM SCR 352; Senate Health and Human Services Committee,
SB 002, Establishes “Colorado Health Care Cooperative,” aimed at creating a state-run health care system for Colorado

FRIDAY

7:30 AM, SCR 356; Senate Appropriations Committee,
SB 200, Expands state Medicaid eligibility

HOUSE
FLOOR

MONDAY
HOUR OF CONVENING — 10:00 a.m.

GENERAL ORDERS – SECOND READING OF BILLS

SB 027 the provision of parking facilities by third parties at or near regional transportation district mass transit stations.

SB 139 on-line education services.

HB 1156 creation of an adult diversion program.

SB 157 continuation of the “Colorado Work Share Program”.

CONSIDERATION OF RESOLUTION(S)
HR 1008 creation of a House committee of reference for the implementation of amendment 64.

CONSIDERATION OF SENATE AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE BILLS(RESOLUTIONS)
HB 1144 elimination of the state sales and use tax exemption for cigarettes.
HB 1081 human sexuality education in the schools.

TUESDAY

GENERAL ORDERS – SECOND READING OF BILLS

HB 1265 income tax credit for business facility employees under the “Urban and Rural Enterprise Zone Act”.

HB 1272 modification of a special district’s sales and use tax base to make it the same as the state’s sales and use tax base.

SB 199 modification of the standard for determining whether bonds issued by a state-supported institution of higher education qualify for the higher education revenue bond intercept program.

SB 186 updating requirements for new building-integrated photovoltaic technologies.

COMMITTEE

MONDAY

7:30 a.m. Room LSB-A APPROPRIATIONS
HB 1114 Marijuana And Driving Offenses

1:30 p.m.Room 0112 EDUCATION
SB 165 Limited Number Bachelor Degrees

1:30 p.m.Room SCR 356 JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AMENDMENT 64 TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS

TUESDAY

1:30 p.m. Room 0107 PUBLIC HEALTH CARE & HUMAN SERVICES
HB 1259 Actions Protection Orders & Domestic Orders

THURSDAY

7:30 a.m. Room SCR 356 JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AMENDMENT 64 TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS

7:45 a.m. Room 0112 JOINT HOUSE TRANSPORTATION & ENERGY AND SENATE TRANSPORTATION
–Presentation on Transportation and Alternative Funding

*Dates and times are subject to last-minute change by the committee chairman. Be sure to check the calendar above.
STATE LEGISLATIVE REPORT. Click here to view this very useful document This week’s issue covers these bills and issues: (you can contact the publisher to get the report regularly)

-Next Year’s State Budget Up for Debate

-HB13-1258, Community and Law Enforcement Trust Act

-HB13-1271, Child Abuse Reporting Hotline and Child Welfare Rules

-SB13-220, Adding Emergency Medical providers to List of Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse

-HB13-1273, Funding Local Governments Oil and Gas Impacts

-HB13-1261 Use of Fort Lyons Corrections Property

-HB13-1145, Admin of Senior and Veterans Property Tax Exemptions

-HB13-1252, Fire Suppression System for Eisenhower Tunnel

-SB13-048, Authorize Local Government Use of HUTF for Transit

State Assembly Bills
Bookmark these links and check daily to see what is going on… it changes so you have to check often. Give it a quick once-over now… you will be appalled at what is going on! Also, don’t be fooled by a bill’s title.

Senate Bill Calendar
House Bill Calendar

PLEASE REFER TO PREVIOUS ISSUES FOR OTHER BILLS. there are too many to do a blow-by-blow on every bill!

Colorado Republican Business Coalitions (CRBC) bills of interest. (click here for details)

SUPPORT:
SB 030: Additional Review of Rules Promulgated by Agencies

SB 020: Business Fiscal Impacts

SB 052: Transit-Oriented Development Claims

SB 136: Business Personal Property Tax Exemption with Opt Out

HB 1106: Prohibit Discrimination Labor Union Participation

HB 1107: Prohibit Collective Bargaining Public Employees

HB 1019: Regulatory Reform Act

HB 1069: Small Business Impact Statement required for all bills

HB 1174: Business Personal Property Tax Exemptions

HB 1177: Business Personal Property Tax Exemption

HB 1189: Exempt Business Personal Property purchased in 2014

OPPOSE:

HB 1001: Advanced Industries Accelleration Act

HB 1002: Small Business Development Centers

HB 1003: Economic Gardening Pilot Project

HB 1004: Colorado Careers Act

HB 1005: Basic Ed &Career & Tech Ed Pilot Program

HB 1030: Transportation Commission Members

HB 1136: Job Protection Civil Rights Enforcement Act

HB 1193: Advanced Industries Export Acceleration Program

HB 1222: Family Medical Leave

HB 1227: Income Protection Act

SB 213: Future School Finance Act

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners) Gun related bills (click here for details)

SUPPORT:

SB 140: No Federal laws for firearms- HELD OVER

HB 1085: Change Possession of Weapons by Previous Offender

OPPOSE:

HB 1043: Definition of a deadly weapon

HB 1224: High Capacity Magazine Ban

HB 1226: Campus Carry Ban

HB 1228: Increase Tax for Gun Purchase to cover Background Check

HB 1229: Mass Registration on all gun purchases

SB 196: Assault Weapons ban

SB 197: Prohibition of gun possession while under a restraining order (domestic violence)

SB 195: Prohibit online training for concealed carry qualification

No Bill Number assigned: Government oversight of personal mental health records;

Colorado Union of Taxpayers (CUT) (more here)

SUPPORT:

SB 066 Taxpayer Abortion Separation Act

SB 146 Board of Assessment Appeals

SB 173 Gaming tax sunset

SB 199 whether bonds issued by a state-supported institution of higher education qualify for the higher education revenue bond intercept program.

HB 1042 State Income Tax Deduction Disallowed

HB 1078 Repeal Colorado Health Benefits Exchange

HB 1092 Limit Executive Branch Expenditures for Professional Organization Memberships

HB 1128 Exclude Clean Counties from Enhance Emission Area

HB 1173 Reduce Salaries for Legislative Liasions

HB 1174 Personal Property Tax Exemptions

HB 1177 Business Personal Property Tax exemption

HB 1146 Property tax exemptions for nonprofit organizations

OPPOSE:

SB 048 Authorize Local Gov’t Use of HUTF for Transit

SB 050 Recycle Resources Economic Opportunity

SB 108 Mid-year School Finance Adjustments

SB 127 Sales Tax Revenue to Older Coloradans Cash Fund

SB 148 Continuation of Colorado Youth Advisory Council

SB 160 Continue Dental Advisory Committee

SB 163 Continue Committee on HEaring in Newborn Infants

SB 174 Continue Food Systems Advisory Council

SB 200 Medicaide Expansion

SB 212 colorado new energy improvement 103 district for mortgages requiring consent for subordination.

SB 213 financing of public schools, and, in connection therewith, creating the “public school finance act”

HB 1080 Aircraft Manufacturers Employee Income Tax Credit

HB 1144 Concerning elimination of state sales tax for cigarettes

HB 1161 Add tax on some Rental vehicles

HB 1206 Expand local government ability to enter into agreements with taxpayers

HB 1208 Funding of Creative Districts

HB 1212 Allow local Govt to form Job Creation Districts

HB 1216 Incentives for Renewable energy projects

HB 1228 Increase Tax for Gun Purchase to cover Background Check

HB 1234 Allow state to enter into lease purchase agreements.

HB 1252 Petroleum cleanup and redevelopment fund.

HB 1247 innovative motor vehicle income tax credit.

HB 1253 assess the availability of capital for small businesses in Colorado.

HB 1245 funding colorado health benefit exchange.

HB 1142 “urban and rural enterprise zone act”.

HB 1265 Income tax credit for “urban and rural enterprise zone act”.

HB 1272 modification of a special district’s sales and use tax base to make it the same as the state’s sales and use tax base.

Principles of Liberty has a detailed listing and discussion of most bills. This is an exceptional analysis because they highlight the Principles of Liberty (!) on which their opinion is based Check it out!

This is how I recommend you use this information:

1. Click on the calendar links above

2. Scroll down to find the bill numbers that interest you or are “called out” by one of the organizations above. Go to the links for that organization’s “bill watch” to read the background and discussion about the bill.

3. Note the date and time of any activities related to the bill

4. Note the bill sponsors

5. Start making calls and writing letters; plan to attend the hearings.

6. Get all your associates and friends involved.

Legislators and races to watch.
(click on these links to connect directly to your state legislative reps) Want to know what they look like? click here

Senators
Representatives

Senate
SD22 Kerr (must run again for a full term);

SD16 Nicholson

SD20 Jahn

SD 5 Schwartz

SD 24 Tochtrop

SD11 Morse

SD 3 Giron

House

HD 59 McLanahan

HD 42 Fields

HD 26 Mitsch Bush

HD 28 Petterson

HD 31 Salazar

HD 32 Moreno

HD 11 Singer

HD 23 Tyler

HD 62 Vigil

HD 50 Young

Races we are considering highlighting:

HD 33 Primavera

HD 35 Peniston

(HT: Liberty Tracker and Danny E. Stroud)