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SB17-123: Seal of Biliteracy for High School Diplomas Reps. Hamner, Wilson | Sens. Priola, Zenzinger   

  • This bill authorizes a school district, BOCES, or institute charter high school to grant a diploma endorsement in biliteracy to a student who demonstrates proficiency in English and at least one foreign language. The bill establishes the requirements a graduating high school student must meet to obtain the biliteracy endorsement.  Signed into Law


HB17-1160: K-3 English Learner Reading Assessment Language – Reps. Hamner, Wilson | Sens. Fields, Priola   

  • This bill authorizes a local education provider to determine the language in which a student who is an English language learner takes reading assessments in kindergarten through third grade, eliminating widespread double testing for English language learners in Colorado. Signed into Law  


HB17-1116: Continue Low-income Household Energy Assistance – Reps. Hamner, Exum | Sen. Humenik

  • Current law provides that the department of human services low-income energy assistance fund, the energy outreach Colorado low-income energy assistance fund, and the Colorado energy office low-income energy assistance fund receive conditional funding from the severance tax operational fund through the state fiscal year commencing July 1, 2018. The bill removes the automatic repeal, which means that these funds will be eligible for this conditional funding indefinitely.  Signed into Law 


HB17-1128: Salary Adjustment for Lake County Officials- Rep. Hamner | Sen. Donovan  

  • This bill, requested by Lake County addresses a technical correction in the salary categorization of locally elected officials in Lake County and will save taxpayer dollars. Signed into Law


HB17-1235: Financial Relief Defray Individual Health Plan Cost- Reps. Hamner and Mitsch Bush | Senators Crowder and Coram

  • Creates a financial relief program to provide financial assistance to individuals who spend more than fifteen percent on health insurance premiums for individual health insurance purchased through the Colorado health benefit exchange. Lost in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee


HB17-1237: State Employee Group Benefit Plans for Local Government– Rep. Hamner | Senators Coram and Crowder

  • Allows for local governments to provide health benefits to their employees through the group benefit plans offered to state employees. These benefits were established by the State Employees Group Benefits Act and is overseen by the state personnel director.  Lost in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee


HB17-1258: Renaming Delta-Montrose Technical College – Reps. Hamner and Willet | Senators Donovan and Coram

  • This bill changed the name of Delta-Montrose Technical College to Technical College of the Rockies. The change better reflects the school’s broad service area and commitment to providing educational opportunities throughout the Western Slope region beyond Delta and Montrose.  Signed into Law


HB17-1287: Achieving a Vision for the Future of Education in Colorado – Reps. Hamner and Rankin | Senators Kerr and Priola

  • This bill creates a legislative steering committee tasked with leading the effort to establish a vision for the future of education in Colorado and developing a strategic plan to achieve that vision. This committee will work with an executive advisory board and a statewide advisory board consisting of stakeholders like teachers and parents to achieve this vision. Lost in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee


SB17-254: The “Long Bill” – Rep. Hamner | Sen. Lambert

  • The “Long Bill” becomes the coming year’s annual budget. This year, despite significant obstacles, we were able to produce a bipartisan budget that avoided many of the deep cuts that we originally anticipated when the Governor presented his budget request in November. The Long Bill increases per pupil funding, keeps the negative factor flat, avoids cutting the Senior Property Tax Exemption, and modestly increased pay for our hard-working state employees for the first time in two years. Signed into Law


SB17-126: Domestic Violence Review Board – Reps. Hamner and Willet | Senators Guzman and Gardner

  • This bill would create the Colorado Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board. Which would be tasked with examining data collected by review teams during the preceding year, identifying measures to help prevent domestic violence fatalities and near-death incidents, establishing uniform methods for collecting, analyzing, and storing data relating to domestic violence fatalities and near-death incidents, and making annual reports and policy recommendations concerning domestic violence to the General Assembly. Signed into Law 



Western State Colorado University Role and Mission (HB 1083) – Reps. Hamner & Brown 

  • Currently, the admission standard for Western State Colorado University (WSCU) is “moderately selective.” This bill changes the admission standard for WSCU to “selective,” to boost the prestige of the university and the value of the degrees. The bill also expands the ability of WSCU to provide a broader range of professional degree programs. Signed into Law


Conduct Emergency Responses at Legacy Mining Sites (HB 1276) – Reps. Hamner & Coram

  • Under current law, the Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety in the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) may use funds from the Emergency Response Cash Fund to respond to hazardous conditions at a mining site only if the site is subject to the division’s regulatory authority. This bill expands the use of those funds to increase public safety, allowing the division to use the fund for emergency response when circumstances exist at legacy mine sites that create a danger to public health or welfare, or to the environment. Signed into law by the Governor on 5/17/16


Study Single Geographic Area Individual Health Plans (HB 1336) – Reps. Hamner & Rankin

  • Under current law, health insurers are permitted to consider the geographic location of the policyholder when establishing health insurance rates for individual and group insurance plans. This bill would create a single geographic rating area, consisting of the entire state, for health insurers to use when determining premium rates for individual health insurance plans. This will help Coloradans in rural areas who currently face higher rates than those in urban and suburban areas. Signed into law by the Governor on 5/17/16


“The Long Bill” 2016-2017 State Budget (HB 1405) — Rep. Hamner & Sen. Lambert

  • In a very tight budget year, we passed a budget that avoided the major cuts originally outlined in the Governor’s budget proposal.  This year’s budget bill increased per-pupil average spending by $112 to $7425; averted a possible $20 million cut to higher education; set transfers to the state’s highway fund at $150 million; kept the statutory 6.5 percent budget reserve; and averted cuts to payment rates for medical providers. Signed into Law


Financing Public Schools (HB-1422) – Reps. Hamner & Rankin

  • The annual school finance bill did what many thought was impossible in this tight budget year: it expanded funding for K-12 schools and holds the negative factor at last year’s level. The bill also establishes a new $1 million grant program for rural school districts who are dealing with the negative factor for the first time and managed to reach compromise on many charter school issues that have been contentious this session. Signed into Law


Immunization Records for Temporary Child Care (HB-1425) – Rep. Hamner

  • Specifies that a licensed child care center is not required to obtain immunization records for a child who attends the center for 15 days or less in a 15-consecutive-day period, no more than twice a year, and with each 15-consecutive being separated by 60 days (short-term enrollees). A center may only take these short-term enrollees if it notifies all parents whose children attend the center, that the center allows short-term enrollees who do not require proof of immunization. Signed into Law


Colorado Cybersecurity Initiative (HB 1453) — Rep. Hamner & Sen. Lambert

  • This bipartisan bill creates the Colorado Cybersecurity Council, to set state policy on cybersecurity and increase protections as our data & tech industry continues to grow.  It also authorizes the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to establish and expand higher education programs in cybersecurity and to establish a secure environment for research and development, initial operational testing and evaluation, and expedited contracting for production for industrial cyber products and techniques. Signed into Law


Evaluation of the State’s Tax Expenditures (SB 203) — Sen. Lambert and Reps. Hamner & Rankin

  • It is important for the General Assembly to spend its resources wisely. This law requires the State Auditor to conduct evaluations of all state expenditures, so that the state will have factual evidence to show whether the tax expenditures that are in place are accomplishing the goals they were intended to meet, including economic development, assisting beneficiaries, and promoting the health, safety and welfare of the public. Signed into Law


School Finance Review (HB-_____) – Reps Hamner and Rankin

  • This was the product of a series of joint meetings consisting of the JBC and Education committees from both houses. Despite the session ending before a bill could be introduced, it got the conversation started about the serious funding inequities that currently exist in Colorado’s School Finance system. This is something that my colleagues and I will strive to address in the next Session. Not Introduced this Session





State Budget Bill “The Long Bill” (SB 234)Reps. Hamner, Rankin, & Young

Every year the legislature is required to pass a balanced budget. This year that process was further complicated by the requirement under the Taxpayers Bill of Rights to set aside $245 million for taxpayer refunds, which made it very difficult to balance the budget while still prioritizing desperately-needed funding for services like K-12 education. Despite these fiscal constraints, the JBC, which is made up of three members of each party, worked in a bipartisan fashion to boost funding in key areas like K-12 and higher education, transportation, senior services and policies to help Colorado’s middle class.   The budget includes:


  • $209 million in increased funding for K-12 education, including $25 million to buy down the “negative factor”
  • $105 million in increased funding for higher education to prevent more tuition increases
  • An increase of more than $100 million in transportation funding, the first increase in 6 years
  • $126 million for senior homestead property tax exemptions
  • $184 million for Medicaid caseload increases
  • $613 million for Colorado’s “rainy day” reserve
  • A 1.7 percent rate increase for social services providers to help expand the provider network and improve access to quality care
  • $7 million for a long overdue increase in the number of child welfare workers
  • $7.6 million increase to the Senior Citizen and Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption


Changes to School Standards & Assessments (SB 257)Reps. Hamner & Wilson

This bipartisan bill would reduce the testing burden, particularly in high school, and place a strong emphasis on tools that are proven to be useful, like the ACT. The bill significantly reduces English Language Arts, Math, and Social Studies testing, and also gives 11th grade students the option to take the additional ACT writing component, which is required for many college applications. For younger students, it streamlines the School Readiness and READ Act assessments, reducing testing while preserving the critical mission of schools to make sure every student learns to read and write at grade level. Ultimately, we must not lose sight of our objective, which should be to create an education system that gives every student – regardless of circumstance – the best chance to succeed.

School Finance Act (SB 267)Rep. Hamner

The School Finance Act will continue to fund Colorado’s K-12 education system and buy down the “negative factor” in a responsible way to ensure stable funding in the future.  SB15-267 is a bipartisan compromise to fund Colorado’s schools, despite a constitutional requirement that $245 million to be set aside for TABOR refunds. The bill makes important investments in Colorado’s K-12 system, increases funding by $200 million to meet a 2.8 percent inflationary increase mandated by Amendment 23 and to keep the negative factor from growing, and adds another $25 million to further reduce the negative factor. It also increases funding for at-risk students and English Language Learners by $5 million, and keeps $300 million in Colorado’s State Education Fund to ensure adequate funding for the 2016-2017 budget year.

Legislative Oversight Committee on School Finance (HB 1334)Rep. Hamner & Rankin

This bill would have created a legislative oversight committee on school finance to study the ways in which our tax dollars go towards funding Colorado schools and how these funds can be distributed more effectively. This committee would have been dedicated to ensuring that tax dollars are put to use in the most efficient way possible and that students in Colorado are given the necessary resources to thrive in school.


Protection Orders for Sex Offense Cases – Vonnie’s Law (HB 1060)Rep. Hamner

HB 1060 cracks down on sex offenders. Under current law, an accused domestic violence offender or stalker must go to a bond hearing before a judge and be issued a written restraining order before being released from jail. This bill extends these requirements to sex offenders. This bill is very close to my heart and district; the original law was passed in 2012 after a stalker murdered one of my constituents, Vonnie Flores of Leadville. I decided to bring the expansion of Vonnie’s Law in her memory, and to prevent future tragedies of this type.


Putting Retail Marijuana Taxes Towards Schools (HB 1367)Rep. Hamner

HB15-1367 will place a referred measure on the 2015 ballot to allow Colorado voters to decide whether the $58 million collected by the state in taxes on recreational marijuana should be exempt from the TABOR limit on state revenue. Under the bill, the majority of that money would be dedicated to school construction. The rest would go to marijuana-related law enforcement and public health programs. If this money is not exempted, it will have to be reimbursed to consumers, manufacturers and the general public – despite voter approval in Amendment 64 that these funds should be used in this way.


Mobile Learning Labs Workforce Development (HB 1271)Rep. Hamner & Lontine

This workforce development program brings the community college classroom to the workplace. RV-sized vehicles will be able to set up in a company’s parking lot to deliver training programs to employees where they work. Mobile learning labs will reduce travel time and scheduling hassles while delivering training that is tailored to the specific needs of the company. The mobile learning labs are modeled on a successful Pueblo Community College program.


Agriculture Land Destroyed By Natural Causes (HB 1008) – Rep. Hamner

Under current law, if land is not suitable for agricultural production, the land is classified as vacant and is assessed at a higher tax rate, even if the land is not producing because it was damaged by a natural disaster. This bill aims to help agricultural producers whose land has been damaged by a flood, fire or other natural disaster. HB 1008 allows county assessors to continue to assess damaged land at the lower agricultural rate if the owner makes a good faith effort to restore the damaged areas. Farmers and ranchers should not be punished by an increase in taxes after they have already suffered property damage. The right thing to do is give them the time they need to get their production back on track.


Veterans Fire Corps for Wildland Firefighting (SB 205)- Reps. Hamner & Keyser

This bill recognizes the existence of veterans’ fire corps programs, through which certain veterans gain experience in forest management and wildland fire control. The Department of Public Safety is authorized to use the Wildfire Preparedness Fund to train, equip, or supervise a veterans’ fire corps program hand crew. Existing veterans’ fire corps programs have been successful at fielding crews and providing experience in wildfire mitigation projects.


Volunteer Fire Department Organization (HB 1017) – Reps. Hamner & Buck

This bill facilitates the establishment and maintenance of volunteer fire protection organizations in areas of the state that currently lack full­time fire protection services. This is a crucial step in helping Colorado become better prepared for heightened wildfire activity in the years to come. Significant areas in the state lack organized fire protection, which places additional stress on county sheriffs’ offices and adjacent fire protection districts during response in these areas.  The Wildfire Matters Review Committee recommended this bill so that more resources are available to assist in the organization of not­for­profit, nongovernmental volunteer fire departments in these areas.


Cottage Foods Act Expansion (HB 1102)Rep. Hamner & Willett

Homemade foods for sale at farmers markets are a fast-growing segment of our economy. All across Colorado, tourists and locals alike flock to farmers markets for a farm-to-table experience that they cannot get anywhere else. Locally produced homemade food items are a source of agro-tourism dollars for the State of Colorado. This bill expands the permitted foods to include flour and pickled products. The purpose of this bill is to support local farmers and growers by expanding the offerings at farmers markets and for sale from home kitchens.



Download the 2014 End-of-Session Report here. (PDF, 691 kB)

House Bill 14-1007: Prohibit Agricultural Burning During Fire Danger and Restrict Fireworks Use
Under this bill, counties may restrict agricultural burning on “red flag” days, when a red flag warning or high wind warning have been issued by the National Weather Service or other evidence supports a finding of high fire risk.
Killed in the senate.

House Bill 14-1008: Allow CWRPDA to Provide Private Entities Forest Health Project Loans
This bill allows the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority (CWRPDA) to make loans to private entities, including any person, for forest health projects. The bill also specifies the priority of liens filed by CWRPDA.
Signed by the governor on May 12, 2014.

House Bill 14-1010: Corrections to Prescribed Burning Program Laws
This bill, as recommended by the Wildfire Matters Review Committee, renames “prescribed burn manager” as “certified burner” and removes persons with this credential from the list of persons who may attend a prescribed burn in a supervisory role. The bill also clarifies that suppression actions will be taken to control an escaped prescribed fire.
Signed by the governor on May 12, 2014.

House Bill 14-1018: Tax Profile & Expenditure Report Opt Out Elimination
This bill eliminates the option for the Department of Revenue to “opt out” of preparing the biennial tax profile and expenditure report required by current law, beginning with the report due on January 1, 2017.
Signed by the governor on March 14, 2014.

House Bill 14-1021: Highway 82 Length Restriction Violation Penalties
This bill raises the fine from $500 to $1,000 for an operator of a motor vehicle or vehicle combination over 35-feet in length, both commercial and recreational, on State Highway 82 between mile markers 47 and 72. If a violation results in the closure of a lane, the penalty is increased to $1,500.
Signed by the governor on May 15, 2014.

House Bill 14-1089: 10th Mountain Division License Plate Qualifications
This bill requires that applicants for a first-time issuance of a 10th Mountain Division group special license plate provide certification issued by the 10th Mountain Division Foundation, Inc. showing they meet the qualifications established by the foundation for the plate.
Signed by the governor on May 15, 2014.

House Bill 14-1182: Public Education Accountability for School Year 2015-16
For the 2015-16 school year, this bill authorizes the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to assign accreditation ratings and recommend performance plan types based on the school district’s, State Charter School Institute’s, or public school’s accreditation rating or type of performance plan for the preceding school year, compliance with the accreditation contract for a school district or the institute, participation in statewide testing, and performance in meeting the Colorado academic standards and local performance targets.
Signed by the governor on April 4, 2014.

House Bill 14-1208: Authorization of Multi-district Administrative Units
This bill defines a “multi-district administrative unit” as a group of school districts that did not form a BOCES, but were parties to an agreement existing on January 1, 2011, to jointly provide special education services, and were recognized by the department as an administrative unit as of January 1, 2011.
Signed by the governor on March 27, 2014.

House Bill 14-1292: The Student Success Act
This bill changes how school districts are funded for school finance purposes and provides additional funding for specific educational programs. In particular, the bill reduces the value of the negative factor in the school finance formula by $152 million in FY 2014-15 relative to the amount required under current law, and it provides ongoing funding for the following:

  • $20 million per year for early literacy programs;
  • $6.5 million for charter school capital construction in FY 2014-15; and
  • $13 million per year for charter school capital construction in FY 2015-16 and subsequent years.

Signed by the governor on May 21, 2014.

House Bill 14-1298: Financing of Public Schools
This bill changes the “Public School Finance Act of 1994” by modifying the funding for K-12 public schools in FY 2014-15. Among many other things, the bill increases base per pupil funding to $6,121, to reflect a 2.8 percent inflation rate.
Signed by the governor on May 21, 2014.

House Bill 14-1334: Petroleum Cleanup & Redevelopment Cash Fund Limit Exemption and Appropriations
This bill specifies that revenue in the Petroleum Cleanup and Redevelopment Fund is exempt from the cash fund uncommitted reserves limit imposed by current law, and continuously appropriates revenue in the fund to the Division of Oil and Public Safety (division) within the Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE).
Signed by the governor on June 6, 2014.

House Bill 14-1365: Junior College Officers & Attorney General as Legal Advisor to Colorado Mtn. College
This bill allows junior college board boards-of-trustees 60 days from the close of polls to select its officers. The bill also directs the state Attorney General, upon request, to serve as legal advisor to Colorado Mountain College (CMC). The board of CMC also has the authority to select and retain legal counsel.
Signed by the governor on June 5, 2014.

Senate Bill 14-018: Extension of Prohibition of Nicotine Product Distribution to Minors
Under current law it is illegal to provide or sell cigarettes or tobacco products to persons under the age of 18. This bill expands that prohibition to include all nicotine products, including electronic cigarettes and products that allow nicotine to be delivered, ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin.
Signed by the governor on April 11, 2014.

Senate Bill 14-097: Immunity for Public Agencies from Private Insurance Action During Wildfire Mitigation
The bill, recommended by the Wildfire Matters Review Committee, provides that public agencies are not liable for the actions of private insurance companies and their agents.
Signed by the governor on March 21, 2014.

Senate Bill 14-114: Student Access to CSU Global Campus
This bill permits CSU Global to offer comprehensive online bachelor’s degree programs.
Signed by the governor on May 2, 2014.

Senate Bill 14-150: School Counselor Corps Grant Program
House Bill 08-1370 created the School Counselor Corps Grant Program in the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to improve and increase counseling services to students in secondary schools. This bill provides clarification and guidelines for the program, and changes the funding period and award amounts.
Signed by the governor on May 16, 2014.

Senate Bill 14-186: Efficient School & Community Performance Contract
This bill is intended to facilitate the financing and development of energy efficiency projects in rural Colorado. The bill defines efficiency projects as projects of a community entity (a school district, special district, county, or municipality in a small or rural community) that results in the more efficient use of energy or resources.
Signed by the governor on June 6, 2014.

Senate Bill 14-221: Statewide Social Studies Test Administration
This bill delays administration of the social studies assessment in high school until the 2015-16 school year.
Postponed indefinitely.


Download the 2013 End-of-Session Report here. (PDF, 699 kB)

House Bill 13-1011: Repeal Fee for Identification Marker on State-Issued Identification
This bill repeals the fee currently charged to a member of the armed services for the branch-of-service identifier on a Colorado driver’s license or state identification card.
Signed by the governor on April 4, 2013.

House Bill 13-1035: Add One Judge to the 5th and 9th Judicial Districts
This bill increases the number of judges in the 5th judicial district from 5 to 6 and in the 9th judicial district from 4 to 5.
Signed by the governor on March 8, 2013.

House Bill 13-1117: Alignment of Child Development Programs
This bill reorganizes existing early childhood programs and consolidates them within the Colorado Department of Human Services. Duties are changed to include more advising and monitoring of efforts around early childhood programs.
Signed by the governor on May 07, 2013.

House Bill 13-1158: Cottage Foods Act
This bill amends the “Colorado Cottage Foods Act” to clarify the food handling and safety course requirement for producers. Food producers under the act are exempted from regulation under the “Farm Products Act”. A person is allowed to sell up to 250 dozen eggs per month under the act.
Signed by the governor on April 4, 2013.

House Bill 13-1219: Statutory Changes to K–12 Education
This bill makes several changes to existing statute concerning K-12 education, including requiring annual reports on the effectiveness of programs, data collection on student course completion, changes in the student assessment statute, and more.
Signed by the governor on April 4, 2013.

House Bill 13-1252: Petroleum Storage Tank Redevelopment Fund
This bill creates the petroleum cleanup and redevelopment fund, consisting of civil penalties collected for violations of the petroleum storage tank laws. On July 1, 2013, the treasurer will transfer $5,000,000 from the redevelopment fund to the state highway fund to be used for a fire suppression system at the Eisenhower-Johnson tunnels.
Signed by the governor on May 15, 2013.

House Bill 13-1257: Developing Local-level Educator Evaluation Systems
If a local board of education or board of cooperative services develops its own distinctive personnel evaluation system for educators that meets or exceeds the requirements established by statute and the state board of education, the local board of education or board of cooperative services must do so in conjunction with the superintendent and any teachers’ association that has a master employment contract or that demonstrates support from a majority of teachers in the school district or districts of the board of cooperative services.
Signed by the governor on May 17, 2013.

Senate Bill 13-002: Designate BOCES as Local Education Agencies
This bill allows boards of cooperative services (BOCES) to act as local education agencies for the purposes of federal law, including for the receipt of federal grants. BOCES may apply to any division within the department of education, and all divisions must inform BOCES of and allow them to apply for all eligible federal and state grant moneys.
Signed by the governor on March 22, 2013.

Senate Bill 13-015: Electronic Participation in Local Boards of Education Meetings
This bill allows a school district board of education to adopt a policy that authorizes members to participate electronically in board meetings, excluding executive sessions of the board.
Signed by the governor on March 22, 2013.

Senate Bill 13-053: Exchange Of Student Data K-12 And Postsecondary
This bill establishes a procedure between the department of education and the department of higher education that allows for the transfer of available student data relevant to the transition from high school to the postsecondary system. The procedure must utilize student unit record data currently collected and maintained by the department of education and administered at no charge to local education providers, public institutions of higher education, or students.
Signed by the governor on April 8, 2013.

Senate Bill 13-161: Sunset Licensing of Architects, Engineers, and Surveyors
This bill implements the recommendations of the sunset review and report on the state board for licensure of architects, professional engineers, and professional land surveyors, and also makes technical amendments to update the governing statutes.
Signed by the governor on May 28, 2013.

Senate Bill 13-175: Wildlife Habitat Stamp Programs Continuation
This bill continues the wildlife habitat stamp committee indefinitely by deleting its repeal on December 31, 2013.
Signed by the governor on May 18, 2013.

Senate Bill 13-178: Red Rocks Community College Physician Assistant Graduate Program
This bill authorizes Red Rocks community college to continue providing its physician assistant studies program by authorizing Red Rocks community college to confer a graduate degree on students who complete the physician assistant studies program.
Signed by the governor on May 17, 2013.

Senate Bill 13-213: Future School Finance Act
This bill creates a new school finance act, the implementation of which is conditional upon passage of a statewide ballot measure to increase state revenues for funding public education (Amendment 66 passage failed on Election Day 2013).
Signed by the governor on May 21, 2013.

Senate Bill 13-224: “Protect Our Rivers” Motor Vehicle License Plate
This bill creates the “Protect Our Rivers” license plate. A person becomes eligible to use the plate by donating $25 to Colorado trout unlimited. This donation may not be used for litigation or lobbying. In addition to the normal motor vehicle fees, the plate requires 2 one-time fees of $25. One of the fees is credited to the highway users tax fund and the other to the licensing services cash fund.
Signed by the governor on May 18, 2013.

Senate Bill 13-260: Financing of Public Schools
This bill amends the “Public School Finance Act of 1994” (act) to modify the funding for public schools from preschool through the twelfth grade for the 2013-14 budget year, and, in some circumstances, for budget years thereafter.
Signed by the governor on May 17, 2013.

Senate Bill 13-273: Renewable Energy Incentives to Use Forest Biomass
This bill provides incentives to reduce the large amount of diseased timber in Colorado by encouraging the use of forest biomass for energy generation and material for forest industry development. This will reduce the risk of future catastrophic wildfires, benefit the state’s economy, and address Colorado communities’ long-term forest health needs.
Signed by the governor on June 5, 2013.


Download the 2012 End-of-Session Report here. (PDF, 675 kB)

House Bill 12-1032: Continue Forest Restoration Programs 5 Years
This bill continues the forest restoration program, and its associated funding from severance taxes, for 5 years and specifies that the program is no longer a pilot program. The bill also extends for 5 years the annual transfers from the operational account of the severance tax trust fund of $1.45 million to the healthy forests and vibrant communities fund and $50,000 to the wildland-urban interface training fund.
Signed by the governor on March 24, 2012.

House Bill 12-1114: “Vonnie’s Law” Stalking Mandatory Arrest Protection Order
Under this bill, a summons shall not be issued in lieu of an arrest for a charge of stalking. Before the defendant is released on bail for a stalking charge, the court must state the terms of the protection order, and the defendant must acknowledge the order. In a stalking case, the prosecutor can request a hearing to modify the protection order. The bill makes technical corrections to the crime of stalking.
Signed by the governor on May 11, 2012.

House Bill 12-1154: Regional Economic Development Through Partnerships
This bill tasks the Colorado office of economic development with fostering a regional approach to economic development. A region is defined as a state planning and management region utilized by the department of local affairs. Currently, there are 14 such regions in the state.
Postponed indefinitely.

House Bill 12-1238: Ensuring K-3 Literacy Education
This bill repeals and reenacts the existing “Colorado Basic Literacy Act,” renaming it the “Colorado Early Literacy Act.” Each school district, charter school, and board of cooperative services that enrolls students in kindergarten or first, second, or third grade must provide instructional programs and support in reading to ensure that, by the time a student finishes third grade, the student’s reading skills are high enough to enable the student to master the standards and expectations for fourth grade and beyond.
Signed by the governor on May 17, 2012.

Senate Bill 12-007: Group Special License Plate Procedure
This bill standardizes the procedural requirements for the issuance of special license plates.
Signed by the governor on April 6, 2012.

Senate Bill 12-130: Governance of Child Development Programs
This bill creates the office of early childhood and youth development in the department of human services.
Postponed indefinitely.

Senate Bill 12-172: Multi-state Student Assessments
Under current law, the state board of education is directed to adopt a system of assessments aligned with state standards in a variety of subjects. This bill directs the state to join as a governing board member a consortium of states that is developing a common set of assessments. For assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics, the state board will rely upon assessments developed by the consortium. For all other assessments, the state board will, to the extent possible, rely upon assessments developed in conjunction with other states.
Lost due to adjournment sine die.

Senate Bill 12-180: Multi-state Student Assessments
This bill develops a variety of legislative responses to address the risks caused by diseased and falling trees, pest epidemics, and fire to Colorado’s forests and water systems.
Postponed indefinitely.


Download the 2011 End-of-Session Report here. (PDF, 685 kB)

House Bill 11-1071: Roundup River Ranch Tax Checkoff
This bill creates the Roundup River Ranch fund in the state treasury. For the 3 income tax years commencing on or after January 1 of the year in which the executive director of the department of revenue certifies to the revisor of statutes that there is a space on the income tax return form, the bill requires a voluntary contribution designation line for the fund to appear on state individual income tax return forms.
Signed by the governor on June 6, 2011.

House Bill 11-1151: Cruelty to Service Animals
This bill specifically defines cruelty to a service animal being used by a peace officer or person with a disability and requires that, in addition to any other penalty imposed, a person who is convicted of aggravated cruelty to a service animal shall make restitution for any veterinary bills and, if necessary, replacement costs of the service animal that are a result of the cruelty incident.
Signed by the governor on March 30, 2011.

House Bill 11-1154: County Unincorporated Business Registration Program
This bill allows a board of county commissioners to enact an ordinance defining the boundaries of a “large community,” which must be an unincorporated area having a population of at least 5,000, within which a business may not operate unless the business has registered with the board of county commissioners.
Postponed indefinitely.

House Bill 11-1201: Streamlining Educator Licensing
This bill creates an affidavit of completion of ongoing professional development activities that a licensee seeking renewal will submit with the renewal application. In the affidavit, the licensee affirms under oath that he or she completed the specified activities within the required time frame and that, to the best of the licensee’s knowledge, the activities meet the statutory and regulatory requirements.
Signed by the governor on May 4, 2011.

House Bill 11-1210: Require CDOT to Make I-70 Mountain Corridor Recommendations
This bill requires the department of transportation (CDOT) to make prioritized recommendations to the transportation committees of the general assembly regarding actions that can be taken before July 1, 2017, to improve mobility in the interstate 70 mountain corridor. The bill also allows CDOT to hold public hearings at which interested members of the public may propose actions to improve mobility in the corridor or comment on actions proposed by others.
Signed by the governor on March 30, 2011.

House Bill 11-1253: Charter School & At-risk Student Funding
Under current law, there are 2 funding formulas for district charter schools, the application of which depends on whether the authorizing school district and the charter school meet specified conditions. Under one of the funding formulas, the charter school receives a portion of the school district’s at-risk pupil funding through the per pupil revenue calculation, regardless of whether the charter school enrolls any at-risk pupils. Under the other funding formula, the school district pays a portion of its at-risk pupil funding to the charter school only to the extent the charter school enrolls at-risk pupils. This bill allows a school district board of education to elect to use the adjusted funding formula for one or more of its district charter schools, regardless of whether the school district or the district charter school meets the specified conditions.
Postponed indefinitely.

Senate Bill 11-092: Sunset Vessel Registration Program
The bill implements the recommendations set forth by the department of regulatory agencies in its 2010 sunset review of the vessel registration program administered by the division of parks and outdoor recreation (division) in the department of natural resources.
Signed by the governor on May 19, 2011.

Senate Bill 11-267: Forest Health Act of 2011
This bill creates the Colorado forest biomass use work group. The work group is directed to prioritize its efforts to address critical forested areas of the state, including the wildland-urban interface, electric utility infrastructure, transportation corridors, and water supply and quality.
Signed by the governor on June 8, 2011.


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