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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Regular Legislative Session
The bill allows ambulatory surgical center other outlets, hospice other outlets, and convalescent center other outlets to:
- Make a casual sale or loan of prescription drugs to another registered outlet or to a drug wholesaler;
- Sell or give a prescription drug to a practitioner authorized by law to prescribe the drug; and
- Supply an emergency kit or starter dose of a prescription drug to specified entities.
Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 20-1050 into law on March 24, 2020.
The bill calls for studies regarding the feasibility of allowing Community Choice Energy (CCE), also known in other states as Community Choice Aggregation, in Colorado.
The studies would evaluate giving communities authority to select their energy sources. It allows communities served by an investor owned utility (Xcel or Black Hills) to buy their electricity wholesale from alternative suppliers, like solar and wind farms. With CCE, the utility would still own and operate the “poles and wires” and deliver the electricity, while the community gains control over its energy sources and costs. Several potential benefits of CCE would include:
- Cheaper, cleaner electricity; create new energy programs; create local jobs; keep energy dollars local.
- Introduces competition, choice and greater local control
- Allows communities to choose an alternative electricity supplier.
- Incumbent utility still owns and operates the “poles and wires” (electricity delivery).
- Individuals can opt out and buy their electricity from the utility if they wish.
Visit the home page of my website to access several links with more information about CCE.
HB-1064 has passed the House Energy and Environment Committee, but it did not clear House Appropriations.
There is currently a state income tax credit for a monetary contribution made prior to January 1, 2025, to promote child care in the state. The credit is equal to 50% of a qualifying contribution. For income tax years that commence on or after January 1, 2020, the bill:
- Increases the age of a child from 12 to 18 in the definition of “child care”, which expands the types of facilities to which a donation would qualify for the credit; and
- Specifies that a monetary contribution to a child advocacy center is a monetary contribution to promote child care in the state.
HB-1112 passed House Finance, but it did not clear House Appropriations.
This bill makes several changes to an existing section of statute (25-5-411) regarding misbranding of meats or meat-like products. It would:
- Define “misbranding” as including not accurately labeling meats derived from animals not born, raised, or harvested exclusively in the U.S.
- Prohibit labeling a food as “meat” if it’s not derived from actual livestock
- Prohibit labeling a food as “meat” if it’s artificially grown, unless it’s also labeled as “lab-grown” or “artificially cultured.”
HB-1117 passed the House Energy and Environment Committee, but was laid over in the House until Dec. 31, 2020.
The bill would establish the services for youth experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness grant program in the department of local affairs (department). The age requirement for such youth would be increased to 24 years of age or younger from its current less than 21 years of age. The office of homeless youth services would administer and monitor the grant program.
The grant program consists of up to 5 awards of up to $250,000 each, awarded on or before January 1, 2021. Grant awards may only be awarded to existing providers of services to youth experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness, with priority given to those service providers that can expand services to underserved areas of the state, including street and community outreach, drop-in centers, emergency shelters, and supportive housing and transitional living programs.
HB-1122 passed House Public Health Care and Human Services 13-0 on Friday, Jan. 24, but it did not clear House Appropriations.
The Colorado Office of Policy, Research and Regulatory Reform recommended in its recent reviews that the Colorado Kids Outdoors Advisory Council be allowed to expire on its scheduled date, due to lack of contributions. HB 20-1185 authorizes the Council to sunset on July 1, 2020.
Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 20-1185 into law on March 27, 2020.
Colorado has had a Mobile Home Park Act (MHPA) since 1985. This bill would update the MHPA to address concerns identified in the recent DORA Sunrise Review and reinforced by experiences expressed by actual manufactured home park residents. HB-1196 addresses issues including:
- Retaliation: Existing Colorado law provides no protections against retaliation if community homeowners organize community meetings, make requests to repair infrastructure, or take other reasonable actions in which they should be permitted to engage. HB-1196 defines what constitutes retaliation and how residents can get recourse if their rights are violated.
- Arbitrary Evictions: Eviction from a manufactured home community often results not only in the loss of rented land but also the loss of the home. HB-1196 would ensure homeowners are not evicted for minor rule violations.
- Arbitrary and Capricious Rules: In some cases, rules developed by park owners could be overreaching. HB-1196 would ensure homeowners are not subject to unreasonable, arbitrary, or capricious rules; provide a means to challenge rule changes; and protect homeowners from overly costly rules.
- Transparent Billing for Utilities: Many parks have only a master meter, and park management may make decisions to allocate utility expenses to residents using unequal or confusing methods. This bill would require equity and transparency in billing.
- Operable Utilities and Services: Homeowners and residents are occasionally denied necessary water, passable roads, or other critical services due to park owners not meeting responsibilities. This bill would clarify requirements for providing these essential services.
- Park Owner Responsibilities: HB-1196 protects homeowners by requiring park owners to: a) reimburse homeowners if they are responsible for damage to a home, b) make sure water and restrooms are available to residents if there’s a service interruption, and c) reimburse homeowners for lodging costs if families can’t use their homes.
- Right to Privacy: Homeowners have a right to private and peaceful enjoyment of their homes and lots. This bill spells out legitimate reasons for which management may enter a home or lot, including maintenance and emergencies, but also calls for homeowner consent and reasonable advance notification to prevent unexpected surprise entries.
Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 20-1196 into law on June 30, 2020.
Today, many mobile home park residents own a home but may face challenges because they don’t own the land on which the homes sit. One possibility to address these challenges would be for the residents to purchase their park. HB 20-1201 creates a structure home owners and park owners would follow should residents pursue purchasing a park:
- Notification: Residents have to know a park is available, or slated for major changes, in order to organize and make an offer. HB 20-1201 requires landlords to notify tenants when a park is for sale, or if the owner intends to change the use of a park, or if the landlord is about to accept an offer, or if the park is facing foreclosure.
- Transparency: The notice to residents must include a description of the property, along with price, terms, and conditions of an offer or the landlord’s intentions.
- Resident Organization: A group or organization among residents of a community would be able to make an offer to purchase the park if there is approval of at least 51% of residents.
- Public Sector or Nonprofit Involvement: Resident communities would be able to assign their purchase right to a municipality, housing authority, or nonprofit.
- Fair Negotiation: Under HB 20-1201, landlords are required to enter into good-faith negotiation with residents or their assignees making an offer, and to provide information that would help residents prepare their offer.
- Timely Process: Residents would need to make their offer within 90 days of receiving notice that the park is available, though this timeline can be mutually extended.
Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 20-1201 into law on June 30, 2020.
A number of patients who have been hospitalized during the COVID-19 pandemic have not been able to have visitations from friends or family due to hospital precautions. HB-1425 encourages, but does not mandate, hospitals to identify ways to improve visitation policies while still following best practices and infection prevention protocols.
Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 20-1425 into law on June 29, 2020.
This bill would increase existing potential penalties for certain criminal violations affecting water quality.
- Violations of polluting state waters found criminally negligent or reckless would be a misdemeanor, and SB-008 increases the penalty from its current maximum $12,500 daily to $25,000, imprisonment of up to one year, or both.
- Violations of polluting state waters committed knowingly or intentionally would be a class 5 felony, and SB-008 increases the penalty from its current $25,000 maximum daily fine to $50,000, imprisonment of up to 3 years, or both.
- For knowingly making false statements in court or rendering testing equipment inoperable, potential charges increase from the current misdemeanor to a class 5 felony. If 2 separate offenses occur in 2 separate occurrences during a period of 2 years, the maximum fine and imprisonment for the second offense are double the default amounts.
SB 20-008 passed the Senate, but was postponed indefinitely in the House Energy and Environment Committee on May 28, 2020.
The Colorado Attorney General recently joined with nine other states – North Dakota, Iowa, Idaho, Montana, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, Arizona, and Wyoming – calling for an investigation by the United States Department of Justice and the Department of Agriculture into possible price-fixing and market-manipulation practices of the meatpacking industry. HJR 20-1011 would express the General Assembly’s support for the Attorney General’s action, and calls for the United States Department of Agriculture and Department of Justice to lead a thorough investigation of the price-setting dynamics of the meatpacking industry.
HJR 20-1011 passed the House and Senate on third readings.
2019 Regular Legislative Session
This bill was discussed and developed during the state’s 2018 Statutory Revision Committee process. Currently, a sales tax exemption exists equal to 48% of the purchase price for the initial sale of “factory-built housing” and 100% of the purchase price for any subsequent sale of a “manufactured home.” This bill simply changes the phrase “factory-built housing” in current statute to “manufactured home,” which in short is defined as a “preconstructed building unit” used for housing. Governor Jared Polis signed HB 19-1011 into law on February 28, 2019.
This bill would add autism spectrum disorders to the list of conditions that would allow a person to use medical marijuana. For people under the age of 18, at least two physicians must diagnose the patient as having a disabling medical condition. The bill also encourages the State Board of Health to prioritize future marijuana research grant awards toward research on the efficacy and safety of medical marijuana for pediatric conditions. Governor Jared Polis signed HB 19-1028 into law on April 2, 2019.
This bill would require anyone using the title “athletic trainer” in Colorado to be licensed. Under current law, they must be “registered” but do not need to be licensed. Students in athletic training programs would need to identify themselves as “athletic training students,” and could only practice athletic training under the supervision of a licensed athletic trainer. The bill spells out conditions for licensure and denials of applications. Governor Jared Polis signed HB 19-1083 into law on March 28, 2019.
This bill would allow qualified nonresident electors to vote in special district elections for board members of the special district. Special districts include, but are not limited to, districts such as fire districts or flood protection districts. The nonresident or nonresident’s spouse generally must own taxable real or personal property within the special district’s boundaries. The board of the special district must approve a resolution allowing nonresident voting before nonresident voting is allowed, and the nonresident must register to vote within the timelines and guidelines of the special district. HB 18-1108 passed the House on third reading, but was postponed indefinitely in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee.
This bill would allow licensed convalescent centers to procure, store, order, dispense, and administer prescription medications. Governor Jared Polis signed HB 19-1109 into law on March 9, 2019.
Current law requires the sheriff of each county to obtain peace officer certification within one year of taking office. This bill would modify this provision to require the sheriff to have a valid certification or provisional certification from the Colorado peace officer standards and training board in order to be nominated, elected, or appointed to the office of sheriff. HB 19-1130 passed the House Judiciary Committee, but lost on a House second reading.
Colorado’s current laws include the Mobile Home Park Act (MHPA), which spells out certain standards for mobile home home owners and park owners. However, the MHPA does not include a public mechanism for enforcing violations, which means home owners must take park owners to court in case of potential MHPA violations. HB 19-1309 would create a new dispute resolution and enforcement program, with involvement from the state Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Local Affairs. Also, since some parks are not located within city boundaries, the bill would grant counties the authority to pass local ordinances. The bill would increase the allowable time for vacating a park in case of eviction, and increase the allowable period for late rental payment before a home owner can face eviction. Governor Jared Polis signed HB 19-1309 into law on May 23, 2019.
This bill would add disabling medical conditions for which a physician could prescribe an opiate to the list of conditions for which a person could use medical marijuana. For people under the age of 18, at least two physicians must diagnose the patient as having a disabling medical condition. Governor Jared Polis signed SB 19-013 into law on May 23, 2019.
This bill was discussed and developed during the state’s 2018 Statutory Revision Committee process. It would authorize the executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue to require taxpayers who remit sales taxes by electronic funds transfers to pay electronically at an earlier hour on the day the payment is due than taxpayers who pay by other means. It would also authorize the director to require severance taxes to be paid electronically. The bill is part of an effort to make consistent the laws and administrative rules that allow payment of taxes by electronic funds transfers. Governor Jared Polis signed SB 19-024 into law on March 11, 2019.
Under current law, local education providers may voluntarily participate in the comprehensive health education program. The bill adds age appropriate information on safe haven laws to the list
of topics that are included in the definition of comprehensive health education. Safe haven laws are state laws related to the safe abandonment of a child at a fire station, hospital, or community clinic or emergency center within the first 72 hours of a child’s life. Governor Jared Polis signed SB 19-025 into law on March 25, 2019.
This bill was discussed and developed during the state’s 2018 Statutory Revision Committee process. It would repeal obsolete statutory language requiring the department of public health and environment to implement a statewide emergency medical and trauma care system by July 1, 1997; and requiring the state board of health to cooperate with the department of personnel in adopting certain criteria that counties must identify in their own regional systems. Governor Jared Polis signed SB 19-044 into law on March 18, 2019.
This bill was discussed and developed during the state’s 2018 Statutory Revision Committee process. It clarifies that members
of the state’s Radiation Advisory Committee are reimbursed for necessary and actual expenses incurred in attendance at meetings or for authorized business of the committee. Existing statute incorrectly says committee members will be reimbursed for expenses relating to official activities of the “board,” a reference to the State Board of Health, and this bill changes the reference to state that reimbursement is for activities of the Committee. Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 19-045 into law on February 20, 2019.
This bill would allow self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) to be recertified for use after the end of the apparatus’ recommended service life, assuming it passes safety testing. The director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment would oversee inspections and rulemaking to determine inspection standards. All inspected equipment must meet U.S. Department of Transportation and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health standards as part of the recertification process. Governor Jared Polis signed SB 19-061 into law on May 20, 2019.
This bill, discussed during the Statutory Revision Committee process, would repeal the “Colorado Cancer Drug Repository Act”. Governor Jared Polis signed SB 19-081 into law on March 15, 2019.
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 passed the House, but was postponed indefinitely on March 21 in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs 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.
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 18-1139 into law on March 29, 2018.
The state’s Statutory Revision Committee recommended this bill be introduced in 2018. It will remove references in statute to “Early Childhood Care and Education Councils,” and replace them with the more modern phrase, “Early Childhood Councils.” Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB 18-1141 into law on March 22, 2018.
The Statutory Revision Committee recommended this bill for introduction in 2018. It will remove references to the antiquated term “pauper” or “paupers” from our statutes, and replace them with “indigent” or “indigent persons.” Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB 18-1142 into law on March 22, 2018.
The Statutory Revision Committee recommended this bill for introduction in 2018. It will 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. Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB 18-1145 into law on April 9, 2018.
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. Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB 18-1154 into law on April 12, 2018.
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 will allow the program to end. Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB 18-1183 into law on March 22, 2018.
This bill would have added “autism spectrum disorders” as a statutorily qualifying condition for recommending medical marijuana. HB 18-1263 passed the House and Senate, but Governor John Hickenlooper vetoed the bill on June 5, 2018.
This bill would require candidates for President and Vice President of the United States to file tax returns for the last five years with Colorado’s Secretary of State before their names can be printed on the ballot. The Secretary of State must also publish these returns on his or her website within seven days of the returns being filed. HB 18-1318 passed the House, but was postponed indefinitely on May 3 in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee.
The Statutory Revision Committee recommended this bill for introduction during the 2018 session. The bill would remove statutory references to the Proposition AA refund account, which was repealed on July 1, 2017. Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB 18-1369 into law on May 24, 2018.
Current law requires each person who is convicted of a crime against a child to pay a surcharge to the clerk of the court for the judicial district in which the conviction occurs. SB 18-055 would add the crime of human trafficking of a minor for sexual servitude to the definition of a crime against a child for the purposes of the surcharge. Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB 18-055 into law on April 23, 2018.
The state’s Statutory Revision Committee recommended this bill to be introduced in 2018. It would call for modernizing statutory language referring to the “rights of married women” to be inclusive of men and women. Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB 18-090 into law on March 29, 2018.
The state’s Statutory Revision Committee recommended this bill to be introduced in 2018. It calls for modernizing outdated statutory references to “county departments of social services” or “human or social services,” since counties now have different ways of referring to departments providing these types of services. Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB 18-092 into law on March 15, 2018.
The state’s Statutory Revision Committee recommended this bill to be introduced in 2018. It calls for repeal of duplicate “definitions” sections for general provisions relating to behavior health. Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB 18-094 into law on March 15, 2018.
The state’s Statutory Revision Committee recommended this bill to be introduced in 2018. It would remove outdated statutory references to “illegitimate” or “legitimate” children, and to a “child born out of wedlock.” Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB 18-095 into law on April 2, 2018.
The state’s Statutory Revision Committee recommended this bill to be introduced in 2018. It woudl amend statutory language regarding interest on damages, to reflect a Colorado Supreme Court decision saying that certain language in statute violated the Equal Protection Clause. Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB 18-098 into law on April 2, 2018.
The state’s Statutory Revision Committee recommended this bill be introduced in 2018. It would repeal a requirement for an odometer reading when a motor vehicle’s identification is physically verified. Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB 18-102 into law on March 29, 2018.
This bill would extend an existing credit for taxes paid on tobacco products shipped or transported by a distributor to consumers outside of the state of Colorado. SB 18-179 passed the Senate and House, but Governor John Hickenlooper vetoed the bill on June 1, 2018.
The state’s Statutory Revision Committee recommended this bill be introduced in 2018. It would bring the State Employees Group Benefits Act into compliance with federal law in several ways, including changing the definition of “dependent” to include children up to the age of 26, eliminating a requirement that children be full-time students to be considered a dependent after age 19, eliminating a requirement that a child be unmarried to be considered a dependent, and much more. Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB 18-131 into law on April 2, 2018.
This bill will increase the amount of money credited to the “Limited Gaming Impact Fund,” based on growth in the state share of limited gaming revenue. Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB 18-191 into law on May 29, 2018.
This bill would align state law regarding appraisal management companies with federal law. Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB 18-210 into law on May 29, 2018.
This bill clarifies that documents needed for certificates of titles and electronic signatures cannot be denied because they are electronic. Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB 18-255 into law on June 6, 2018.
This bill would have authorized the use of medical marijuana in cases where opiates might be prescribed. SB 18-261 lost on a Senate third reading.
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.
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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.