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Legislative Update

Proposed Senate bills:

Senate Bill 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: Passed in Senate.

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: Appropriations

Status: Amended version referred to appropriations committee.

Senate Bill 14-018: Prohibit Nicotine Product Distribution To Minors

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

Committee: Senate Health & Human Services Committee

Status: Introduced in Senate and assigned to committee.

SB 14­046: Local Firefighter Safety Grant Program

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

Committee: Finance

Status: Amended version referred to finance committee.

SB 14­047: Wildland Firefighters Death Benefit Payments

Description: Directs the division of fire prevention and control to make lump­sum 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: Unamended version referred to Senate.

Senate Bill 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: Senate Health & Human Services Committee

Status: Introduced in Senate and assigned to committee.

Proposed House bills:

HB 14­1007: Prohib 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: Local Government

Status: Introduced in House and assigned to committee.

HB 14­1072: Income Tax Credit for Child Care Expenses

Description: A tax credit for childcare expenses.

Committee: Finance

Status: Introduced in House and assigned to committee.

HB 14-1041: Concealed Handgun Carry Without Permit

Description: Would allow persons legally allowed to own a handgun to carry concealed without a permit.

Committee: Judiciary

Status: Introduced in House and assigned to committee.

HB 14­1113: Electric Renewable Energy Standard

Description: Reduces the minimum percentage of renewable energy required of investor­owned utilities from 20 to 15 percent for the years 2015 through 2020 and from 30 to 15 percent for the years 2020 and thereafter. The bill also reduces the minimum amounts for co­op electric association from 20 to 145 percent for the years 2020 and thereafter.

Committee: Transportation & Energy

Status: Killed in committee.

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