Legislative update for May 16 | CraigDailyPress.com

Legislative update for May 16

Proposed Senate bills

SB 14-002: Safe2Tell act

Description: Moves the Safe2Tell program, which provides K-12 students an anonymous hotline to report school safety problems, from the nonprofit sector to the Colorado Attorney General's Office.

Committee: House

Status: Sent to the governor to be signed into law.

SB 14-003: Child care assistance

Description: Will increase Colorado's investment in Colorado Child Care Assistance, which helps bring affordable child care to the state. Program will bring it back to prerecession levels.

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Committee: House

Status: Sent to the governor to be signed into law.

SB 14-004: Community college four-year programs

Description: The bill allows the state board for community colleges and occupational education to seek approval from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education for technical, career and workforce development Bachelor of Applied Science degree programs that may be offered at community colleges within the state system.

Committee: Senate Education Committee

Status: Governor signed into law.

SB 14-005: Wage protection

Description: Creates an easier process for employees to recover their wages from employers withholding pay.

Committee: Senate

Status: Sent to the governor to be signed into law.

SB 14-014: Property tax rebates and heating grants

Description: Expands the pool of people who can access real tax property expense assistance grants. Means more people can get government assistance to pay their heating bills.

Committee: House

Status: Sent to the governor to be signed into law.

SB 14-018: Prohibit nicotine product distribution to minors

Description: The bill expands the prohibition of sales of tobacco products persons younger than 18 to include all nicotine products. The bill also makes conforming amendments concerning the Liquor Enforcement Division’s enforcement of the law.

Committee: Senate

Status: Signed into law by the governor.

SB 14-024/SB 14-031: Firefighter pension plans

Description: Both bills try to make sure pension plans are solid for volunteer and existing firefighters who are affiliated with the Fire and Police Pension Association.

Committee: Senate

Status: Signed into law by the governor.

SB 14-046: Local firefighter safety grant program

Description: Repurposes existing funds to be directed toward a firefighter safety and disease prevention fund.

Committee: Finance

Status: Sent to the governor to be signed into law.

SB 14-­047: Wildland firefighters death benefit payments

Description: Directs the division of fire prevention and control to make lump-­sum payments of $10,000 to the survivors of a seasonal wildland firefighter employed by the state or local government killed in the line of duty.

Committee: Local Government

Status: Governor signed into law.

SB 14-050: Financial assistance in Colorado

Description: The bill requires that information about financial aid must be released to patients. The limit for amounts charged to uninsured qualified patients will be changed for those below 400 percent of the poverty line to the Medicare reimbursement rate plus 20 percent.

Committee: Health, Insurance and Environment

Status: Sent to the governor to be signed into law.

SB 14-088: Suicide prevention

Description: Creates a suicide prevention commission to provide leadership and recommendations regarding suicide prevention in the state.

Committee: Health, Insurance and Environment

Status: Sent to the governor to be signed into law.

SB 14-098: Preventing elder abuse

Description: Strengthens the law that requires certain people to contact authorities if they suspect abuse of persons 70 or older.

Committee: Senate

Status: Governor signed into law.

SB 14-144: Family medicine residency programs in rural areas

Description: Extends the support of the commission on family medicine to rural areas.

Committee: Public Health Care and Human Services

Status: Sent to the governor to be signed into law.

Proposed House bills

HB 14-1007: Prohibit agricultural burning fire danger and restrict fireworks

Description: Gives county governments the authority to limit certain forms of fire, to prohibit ag burnings during periods of high danger and to prohibit fireworks during the summer.

Committee: Senate

Status: Laid over on Senate third reading until May 8.

HB 14-1072: Income tax credit for child care expenses

Description: A tax credit for child care expenses.

Committee: Appropriations

Status: Sent to the governor to be signed into law.

HB 14-1101: Community Solar Garden Bus Per Prop Tax Exemption

Description: Provides tax exemptions to solar gardens build for residential/community use.

Committee: Finance

Status: Sent to the governor to be signed into law.

HB 14-1166: Renewal of Concealed Handgun Permits

Description: Makes the renewal process for conceal handgun permits easier.

Committee: State, Veterans, and Military Affairs

Status: Governor signed into law.

HB 14-1291: Permit Charter Schools Hire Armed School Security

Description: Extends the authority to hire a school security officer who may carry a concealed weapon to charter schools.

Committee: Education

Status: Sent to the governor to be signed into law.

HB 14-1303: Legislature Take Public Testimony Remote Locations

Description: Enables the executive committee of the Legislature to consider, recommend and establish policies regarding legislative committees taking public testimony from remote locations across the state.

Committee: State, Veterans and Military Affairs

Status: Sent to the governor to be signed into law.

HB 14-1311: Job Creation & Main Street

Description: Creates a new income tax credit for owners of historic properties for recovery of certain preservation costs.

Committee: Senate

Status: House repassed after considering Senate amendments.

HB 14-1328: Connect Colorado Broadband Act

Description: Allocates grant money toward improving broadband infrastructure in unserved areas of Colorado.

Committee: Senate

Status: Sent to the governor to be signed into law.

HB 14-1356: Strengthen Penalty Authority Oil & Gas Commission

Description: Increases the maximum fines for oil and gas penalties from $1,000 to $15,000.

Committee: Senate

Status: Sent to the governor to be signed into law.