2023 CSLC Bill Positions

Last updated on 5/19/2023


BILLS SUPPORTED BY CSLC

SIGNED INTO LAW

Senate Bill 23-166BUILDING FIRE RESISTANT HOMES AND COMMUNITIES

Senator Lisa Cutter (D) and Tony Exum (D) and Representatives Meg Froelich (D) and Elisabeth Velasco (D)

The bill creates the Wildfire Resiliency Code Board in the Department of Public Safety to adopt statewide building codes and standards for preventing damages caused by wildland fires in urban areas. Local governments must adopt building codes that meet or exceed the state codes.

Fiscal Note: $300,000 in 2023-24; $375,000 in 2024-25


PASSED LEGISLATURE, NOT YET SIGNED

SB23-007ADULT EDUCATION

Senators Rachel Zenzinger (D) and Barbara Kirkmeyer (R) and Representatives Cathy Kipp (D) and Marc Catlin (R)

Current law requires adult education providers that participate in the department of education’s adult education and literacy grant program offer eligible adults basic education in literacy and numeracy. The bill adds “digital literacy” to the basic education offered to eligible adults. The bill describes services that providers may offer to eligible adults. The bill amends the reporting requirements for providers of the program.

The bill allows community colleges, area technical colleges, and local district colleges to develop minimum graduation requirements for a high school diploma based on the minimum high school graduation guidelines adopted by the state board of education. Colleges are authorized to award high school diplomas to students who successfully complete the colleges’ minimum high school graduation requirements.

Fiscal note: $2 million/yr General Fund


Senate Bill 23-105Ensure Equal Pay For Equal Work

Senators Jessie Danielson (D) and Janet Buckner (D) and Representatives Serna Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) and Jennifer Bacon (D) 

Current law authorizes the director of the division of labor standards and statistics in the department of labor and employment to create and administer a process to accept and mediate complaints, to provide legal resources concerning alleged wage inequity, and to promulgate rules as necessary for this purpose. The bill changes these authorizations to requirements.

Additionally, the bill requires the director to: (1) Investigate complaints or other leads concerning wage inequity; (2) Upon finding of a violation, order compliance and relief; and (3) Promulgate rules to enforce the bill.

The bill also requires an employer to: (1) For each job opportunity or promotional opportunity where the employer is considering more than one candidate, follow specific guidelines for posting the opportunity;(2) For all job opportunities and promotional opportunities, provide specific information to employees regarding the candidate selected for the opportunity; and (3) For all objectively defined career progressions, disclose the requirements for career progression and the terms of compensation, benefits, status, duties, and access to further advancement.

Fiscal Note: $500,805 for 2023-4


House Bill 23-1019JUDICIAL DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES AND REPORTING

Representatives Mike Weissman (D) and Mike Lynch (R) and Senators Bob Gardner (R) and Julie Gonzales (D)

The bill makes changes to procedures and reporting related to judicial discipline. The bill requires the Commission on Judicial Discipline to report more information on the allegations, investigations, and complaints it receives and the type of discipline imposed or recommended. The commission must also publish this information in its annual report and make the information available online. Second, the bill allows a person to submit a request for evaluation to the commission either by mail or online, and requires the commission to develop an online request form. Finally, the bill requires the commission, upon receipt of a complaint, to explain to the complainant the judicial discipline process and to designate a point of contact to keep complainants apprised of the status of the complaint. If the complaint is dismissed, the commission must provide an explanation of the dismissal to the complainant.

Conditional upon passage of House Concurrent Resolution 23-1001—that changes the judicial discipline process, creates the Judicial Discipline Adjudicative Board, and creates a rulemaking committee to hear appeals from the Commission on Judicial Discipline.

Fiscal note: $141,820 in 2023-24; $118,543 in 2024-25


HB23-1024RELATIVE AND KIN PLACEMENT OF A CHILD 

Rep Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) & Elizabeth Epps (D) and Senator Tony Exum (D) 

The bill establishes several measures that protect the best interests of a child or youth and that will not hinder reunification with the child’s or youth’s family when the child or youth has been temporarily placed outside the family home with a relative or kin, including (1)Permitting a relative to appeal when denied placement of the child or youth with the relative;(2) Requiring the department of human services to use reasonable efforts to help a relative whose barrier to caring for the child or youth is a lack of resources;(3)Amending the court’s advisement to the parent so it is consistent with changes to statute;(4) Specifying what information should be included in a notice to relatives when the child or youth has been removed from the child’s or youth home;(5) Requiring that courts give preference to a relative unless placement with that relative would negatively affect the child’s or youth’s health, safety, or welfare or hinder reunification with the child’s or youth’s family;(6)Providing options for a relative to be allowed to participate in a child’s or youth’s care and planning;(7) Creating a rebuttable presumption that placement with a relative is in the child’s or youth’s best interest as long as the child’s or youth’s health or safety is not jeopardized by the placement; and (8) Requiring that caseworkers inform the court of efforts to identify and place a child or youth with a relative.

Fiscal Note:$21,352 one time


HB23-1112EARNED INCOME AND CHILD TAX CREDITS

Representatives Shannon Bird (D) and Senators Chris Hansen (D) and Chris Kolker (D) 

From the Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning Tax Policy: For income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2024, the bill increases the earned income tax credit that a resident individual can claim on their state income tax return to 40% of the federal credit claimed on the resident individual’s federal income tax return. For income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2024, the bill changes the definition of “eligible child” to match the age of eligibility for the federal credit, increases percentages of the federal credit that a resident individual can claim for the child tax credit on their state income tax return by 20%, 10%, or 5% depending on the resident individual’s income level, and requires the department of revenue to adjust for inflation the income levels set forth to determine eligibility for the credit.

Fiscal Note: $392 Million revenue reduction (reduction in TABOR refund); $74,724 general fund


HB23-1126CONSUMER REPORTS NOT INCLUDE MEDICAL DEBT INFORMATION 

Reps Naquetta Ricks (D) & Ron Weinberg (R) & Senator Tony Exum (D)

Prohibits the reporting of medical debt information by consumer reporting agencies and prohibiting debt collectors and collection agencies from falsely representing that medical debt information will be included in a consumer report or failing to timely disclose that, with certain exception, medical debt will not be included in a consumer report.

Fiscal Note: No fiscal impact


House Bill 23-1133COST OF PHONE CALLS FOR PERSONS IN CUSTODY

Representatives Mandy Lindsey (D) and Judy Amabile (D)

The bill clarifies that the department of corrections (DOC) shall provide communications services of all types, including voice, video, and electronic messaging, to persons in DOC custody in a correctional facility or private prison in the state. In administering the communications services, the DOC is prohibited from receiving any revenue, including commissions or fees, and the communications services must be free of charge to the person initiating and the person receiving the call.

The department of human services, in its role overseeing juvenile detention facilities, shall provide communications services of all types in those facilities and is prohibited from receiving any revenue from the communications services, and the communications services must be free of charge to the person initiating and the person receiving the call.

Fiscal note: $3,716,353 for 2023-24; $4,459,624 for 2024-25 ( Amendments will reduce this).


HB23-1158CO COMMODITY SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD GRANT PROGRAM

Representatives Jenny Willford (D) & Rick Taggart (R) & Senator Kyle Mullica (D)

The bill creates the Colorado commodity supplemental food grant program to provide grants of money to aid county departments of human or social services, food banks, and food pantries in purchasing and distributing food packages to qualifying low-income older Colorado adults.

Fiscal note: $1 million/yr General Fund


HB23-1161ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS FOR APPLIANCES

Representatives Cathy Kipp (D) and Jenny Willford (D)

The bill expands the list of appliances subject to statutory Water and Energy Efficiency Standards. It requires the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to update the list in accordance with the standards that exist in at least three other states or are published by the Energy Star Program or the WaterSense Program and promulgate other rules as necessary every five years beginning January 1, 2026. CDPHE must allow a one-year compliance grace period. The bill phases in prohibitions on the manufacture, distribution, or sale of certain fluorescent lights and heating appliances. Manufacturers of heating appliances are subject to disclosure and testing requirements. The Air Quality Control Commission in CDPHE is required to lower the emission limits for new water heaters, boilers, and certain furnaces by 2029.

 Fiscal Note: $51,378 for 2023-24; $28,778 for 2024-25


House Bill 23-1182REMOTE PUBLIC ACCESS TO CRIMINAL COURT PROCEEDINGS

Representatives Elizabeth Epps (D) and Xavier Mabrey (D) and Senators Rhonda Fields (D) and Bob Gardner (R)

The bill requires all Colorado courts, including municipal courts, to make criminal court proceedings conducted in open court available for remote public viewing unless the courtroom does not have the technological capability to make the proceedings available to the public. Courtrooms may still exclude members of the public from viewing proceedings through a court order.

Fiscal note: No appropriation needed


House Bill 23-1214PROCEDURE TO APPLY FOR COMMUTATION OF SENTENCE

Representative Epps (D)

The bill codifies and establishes details concerning the process for an incarcerated individual to apply for a commutation of sentence. The process includes requiring the executive clemency representative to gather information from the district attorney who prosecuted the applicant’s case and creating a list of factors that the governor and executive clemency board may consider when evaluating the application and deciding whether the applicant’s sentence should be commuted. The governor retains the ultimate decision-making authority whether to commute a sentence.

The bill permits the governor to grant pardons to a class of defendants who were convicted of the possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana without complying with the commutation process.

The bill requires the governor’s office to keep statistics on applications for commutation of sentence and post a report of the statistics annually on its website.

Fiscal note: No appropriation needed


HB23-1215LIMITS ON HOSPITAL FACILITY FEES

Rep. Emily Sirota (D) and Andrew Boesenecker (D) and Senators Kyle Mullica (D) and Lisa Cutter (D)

The bill prohibits a health-care provider affiliated with or owned by a hospital or health system from charging a facility fee for health-care services furnished by the provider for outpatient services provided at an off-campus location or through telehealth; or certain outpatient, diagnostic, or imaging services identified by the medical services board as services that may be provided safely, reliably, and effectively in nonhospital settings.

The bill: (1) Requires a provider that charges a facility fee to provide notice to a patient that the provider charges the fee and to use a standardized bill that includes itemized charges identifying the facility fee, as well as other information;(2)Requires the administrator of the all-payer health claims database to prepare an annual report of the number and amount of facility fees by payer, codes with the highest total paid amounts and highest volume, and other information; and (3) Makes it a deceptive trade practice to charge, bill, or collect a facility fee when doing so is prohibited.


House Bill 23- 1294PROTECTING COMMUNITIES FROM AIR POLLUTION ACT

Representatives Jennifer Bacon (D) and Jenny Willford (D) and Senators Faith Winter (D) and Julie Gonzales (D) 

The bill updates procedures and requirements for how the Air Quality Control Commission in the Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regulate pollution control measures. 

Air Quality Control Commission- CDPHE must adopt rules regarding electrification and emissions standards for stationary engines used in oil and gas operations. The bill updates the department’s public notice requirements for certain construction permit applications, renewable operating permit applications, and public hearings. The bill specifies new control measures that must be included in any state implementation plan for severe ozone plans in ozone nonattainment areas until the EPA redesignates a serious, severe, or extreme ozone nonattainment area as a maintenance area.

The bill expands CDPHE’s authority to initiative investigations on noncompliance and specifies timeframes for notification and resolution of any investigation and or hearings requested following a compliance order. 

The bill creates the Committee on Ozone Air Quality, consisting of 12 legislators, which meets during the 2023 legislative interim. 

Fiscal Note: $4 million in 2023-24; $5.7 million in 2024-25


DIED

HB23-1209ANALYZE STATEWIDE PUBLICLY FINANCED HEALTH CARE

Rep Andrew Boesenecker (D) & Karen McCormick (D) & Sen Sonya Jaquez Lewis (D) 

The Statewide Healthcare System Study will conduct a detailed analysis of the feasibility of creating a publicly financed,  privately delivered universal healthcare system in Colorado, including how to finance this system and the impact to the economic sector.  The study will not prescribe a final solution to Colorado’s healthcare crisis, but to holistically study the costs and delivery of  healthcare in our state.  

HB23-1209 will answer: What could a healthcare system that covers every Colorado resident and directly compensates providers look like? What would be the impact to the healthcare workforce? What would the impacts be to individual and community health? Where are the current gaps in healthcare and how could a single-payer system address these gaps? 

This bill would  allow the CO School of Public Health to complete the work they did for HB19-1176, which showed that the state could save at least $2 Billion by establishing a nonprofit single payer plan that covered every resident.  This is the next logical step.  It could lead to a referred bill for popular vote.

Fiscal Note: $317,758

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