I am committed to representing Boulder County and all the communities of Colorado.  Here are the bills I have co-sponsored. You can read the full text of any bill that has been formally introduced on the General Assembly website: leg.colorado.gov. If you have questions or concerns please reach out to me.  My email address is edie.hooton.house@state.co.us.

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2018 Regular Legislative Session

All forms of homelessness are troubling, but it’s especially bad when young people don’t have stable housing – and we should all know that this happens in Boulder County. Homelessness can be impactful to a young person’s healthy development on a number of levels, and in certain cases it’s hazardous to their safety. The task force would, in short, discuss and study issues and statistics, and suggest potential solutions to help keep young Coloradans safe and warm. The bill has passed the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee, and is currently assigned to the House Appropriations Committee.

Climate change is one of the pressing issues of our time, so we should recognize individuals who lead efforts that could minimize the negative impacts. This bill will create awards programs within the state’s existing climate change position, with awards for organizational and collaborative greenhouse gas reduction programs. The bill was assigned to the House Transportation and Energy Committee for its first hearing, and was postponed indefinitely in that committee on Feb. 7.

This bill is one of several that I will sponsor from the Statutory Revision Committee, designed to remove or amend outdated or redundant sections of state statutes. HB 18-1139 would remove references to reporting requirements for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission that have been repealed. The bill passed its first hearing in the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee, and has since passed the House on second reading.

The state’s Statutory Revision Committee recommended this bill be introduced in 2018. It would remove references in statute to “Early Childhood Care and Education Councils,” and replace them with the more modern phrase, “Early Childhood Councils.” The bill passed its first hearing in the House Education Committee, and has since passed the House on second reading.

The Statutory Revision Committee recommended this bill for introduction in 2018. It would remove references to the antiquated term “pauper” or “paupers” from our statutes, and replace them with “indigent” or “indigent persons.” The bill has been assigned to the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee for its first hearing.

The Statutory Revision Committee recommended this bill for introduction in 2018. It would repeal two laws that have been permanently enjoined from enforcement: one requiring petition circulators to be Colorado residents, and another limiting per-signature compensation for circulators. The bill has been assigned to the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee for its first hearing.

This bill is designed to protect people, including elderly homeowners and new homeowners, from being charged excessive fees for documents by third-party entities. The bill limits the maximum fees these entities can charge, requires entities to provide a copy of the document to county clerk and recorders, and requires them to state that solicitations are not from local governments. The bill has been assigned to the House Finance Committee for its first hearing.

The state Department of Regulatory Agencies has recommended allowing Department of Agriculture regulation of home food service plans to sunset this year as scheduled, and this bill would allow the program to end. The bill has been assigned to the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee for its first hearing.

2017 Regular Legislative Session

The bill requires candidates for president and vice president of the United States to file with the secretary of state the candidates’ federal income tax return forms for the last 5 completed tax years. Neither the name of any candidate who fails to comply with the filing requirement nor the name of that candidate’s running mate shall be printed on the official ballot.

HB 17-1328 was postponed indefinitely in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee on May 1, 2017.

The bill requires barbers, hairstylists, cosmetologists, estheticians, and nail technicians, as part of the requirement to renew their professional licenses, to take a one-time training course for one hour on domestic violence and sexual assault awareness. The bill does not impose a mandatory reporting requirement on these professionals and specifically grants them immunity from civil and criminal liability for reporting or failing to report potential domestic violence or sexual assault.

Here’s a TV report from Channel 9. https://t.co/GbV5u6A5ts

HB-1175 was postponed indefinitely in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee on April 12, 2017.

The bill allows persons who were convicted of misdemeanors for the use or possession of marijuana to petition for the sealing of criminal records relating to such convictions if their behavior would not have been a criminal offense if the behavior had occurred on or after December 10, 2012.

Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB 17-1266 into law on June 6, 2017.

The bill consolidates and clarifies various statutory sections concerning reductions of sentences for county jail inmates. The idea is to make sure that Good Time sentence reduction practices are followed uniformly in all Counties in Colorado.

Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB 17-1015 into law on March 23, 2017.

Under current law, institutions of higher education are limited in the number and length of term employment contracts or contract extensions that the institution can award. In addition, institutions are prohibited from providing postemployment compensation or benefits to a government-supported employee after the individual’s employment has ended, except in limited situations and in limited amounts. Further, under current law, the terms of government-supported employment contracts are generally available for public inspection.

For state institutions of higher education, the bill exempts the institution’s employee positions that are funded by revenues generated through auxiliary activities, as defined in the bill, from the provisions of current law.

Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB 17-041 into law on March 20, 2017.

The bill prohibits a school district, board of cooperative services, charter school, or public preschool program from expelling a student, except as specifically required by federal law, and allows the enrolling entity to impose an out-of- school suspension on the student only under specified circumstances for 3 school days. The bill also specifies that school districts are required to adopt prevention and early intervention strategies to reduce the need for early childhood and early elementary grade suspensions and expulsions. Research shows that early childhood school attendance is a leading indicator in high school graduation and likelihood of incarceration.

HB 17-1210  was postponed indefinitely in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee on April 17, 2017.

The bill lays out that at least 60 days before implementing a decision to terminate or place a participating provider in a tiered network, a carrier must notify the affected provider in writing of the pending action, including an explanation of the reasons for the proposed action, and inform the provider of the right to request that the carrier reconsider its decision. This would provide some protections for providers so they are not as easily dropped from coverage, which can have negative ramifications for patients.

Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB 17-088 into law on April 18, 2017.

This bill requires investor-owned electric utilities to provide their customers with a comprehensive breakdown of cost on their monthly bills because consumers have a right to know their electric utility charges.

Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB 17-105 into law on May 22, 2017.

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