2023 Colorado Legislative Session Update

CLEAN: Community Legislative Early Action Network

Session began on January 9, 2023, and lasts 120 days.
Check back here for updates on bills that the CLEAN members are following.

CLEAN conference calls, via zoom, are usually on Mondays at noon, and last about an hour.
The CLEAN zoom conference calls will begin sometime after session starts.

SIGN UP for CLEAN Conference calls by emailing us here,
with “Sign Me Up for CLEAN Conference Calls” in the subject line.
LEARN HOW TO TRACK A BILL, here.
The Colorado General Assembly website is leg.colorado.gov
Below is general information that is helpful to know before session starts.

There are hundreds of bills that go through the legislative process, so it would be impossible for CLEAN to follow every single bill, but there are usually areas of interest that our democratic legislators reliably pursue (you’ll see some of the topics listed below). Marilyn Hughes, CLEAN Coordinator, starts compiling a list of bills to follow at the first part of session, based on a variety of criteria, including, but not limited to: suggestions from CLEAN members, what bills were pursued in previous sessions, whether followup bills are being proposed, or if a new version of a bill that did not pass previously, is being put forth again.

EMAILS to Committees is EASIER* than ever! Here’s how: First off, remember your bill number, the committee it’s about to be heard in, and the date it’s scheduled (all of these items will come up anyway, but you should know what to look for)

To use the General Assembly email to committee process: go to leg.colorado.gov Click Committees tab. Click “Public Testimony” button. You’ll see “How do you wish to testify?” Click “Submit Written Testimony”. Then on next screen click “By Committee and Hearing”. Then, under Committee Name, pull down and select the committee your bill is about to be heard at. Then the Meeting Date and Time. Then, under Hearing Item, you’ll see your bill, and pull down to select it. Then you’ll see an easy form to write your email! Remember to click the blue “Sign Me Up” button at the bottom. You might be asked for a few more details, then click “submit”. What’s great is that your email is within the General Assembly system, it automatically is sent to all committee members (no need to do multiple cut & paste into your own email client, etc.), and your email is a part of the public record, as is all testimony and emails to our legislators.

*This process works for all committees, except Appropriations. If you need to contact the Appropriations Committee regarding a bill, be sure you’re selecting the right Appropriations Committee (House or Senate), then send your email to each of the following email addresses, listed here.

LEGISLATIVE DISPLAY BOARD FOR THE DAY: Especially as we approach the end of session, it’s a good idea to see where bills are up to the minute by looking at the legislative display board for the current day. There are tabs for bills heard and debated on the House and Senate Floor, and bills heard in House and Senate Committees. CLICK THIS LINK, HERE.

BELOW are the bills CLEAN is following. This page will be updated periodically.
(Click the bill title link to go directly to the bill’s page on the Colorado General Assembly website. On the bill page, you’ll find the bill description, bill text, prime sponsor, the committee the bill is assigned to next, and the status of the bill. When you click the committee name on the bill page, you’ll get all the committee members and their contact info, which is helpful when contacting committee members to voice your support or opposition to a bill. Also handy: click the “Bill History” tab at the bottom of the bill page for the latest action on bills that have not been postponed indefinitely.)

Please note: “POSTPONED INDEFINITELY” means the bill is no longer going through the legislative process. When a bill goes to the “Appropriations Committtee” (in the Senate or House), legislators are figuring out funding and costs for a bill. “Fiscal Notes” are an itemized list of what a bill costs to implement.

Bills will be added under categories as CLEAN determines what bills are to be followed, and as information becomes available:
AGRICULTURE
SB23-038 Prohibit Equine Slaughter For Human Consumption
Concerning a prohibition on slaughtering equines for human consumption.
LAST ACTION: 01/12/2023 | Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
SPONSORS: Sen. S. Jaquez Lewis | Rep. L. Garcia
February 2  Thursday Agriculture & Natural Resources 1:30 pm  |  SCR 352

BUSINESS

CAMPAIGN FAIR PRACTICES

CIVIL RIGHTS

CONSUMER PROTECTION

CRIMES, CORRECTIONS, & ENFORCEMENT

EDUCATION
HB23-1007 Higher Education Crisis And Suicide Prevention
Concerning crisis services information on student identification cards.
LAST ACTION: 01/9/2023 | Introduced In House – Assigned to Education
SPONSORS: Rep. M. Catlin | Rep. J. Amabile
February 1 Wednesday Education Upon Adjournment  |  HCR 0107

HB23-1009 Secondary School Student Substance Use
Concerning measures to improve services for students who use substances.
LAST ACTION: 01/9/2023 | Introduced In House – Assigned to Education
SPONSORS: Rep. M. Lindsay | Sen. D. Moreno
January 25 Wednesday Education Upon Adjournment  |  HCR 0107

ELECTIONS

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
SB23-016 Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Measures
Concerning measures to promote reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in Colorado.
LAST ACTION: 01/10/2023 | Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Transportation & Energy
SPONSORS: Sen. C. Hansen | Rep. K. McCormick | Rep. E. Sirota
Jan 25 Wednesday Transportation & Energy 1:30 pm  |  SCR 352

HB23-1005 New Energy Improvement Program Changes
Concerning changes to the new energy improvement program, and, in connection therewith, adding resiliency improvements and water efficiency improvements to the program, modifying the new energy improvement district’s notice requirements, and removing the district’s hearing requirement.
LAST ACTION: 01/9/2023 | Introduced In House – Assigned to Energy & Environment
SPONSORS: Rep. J. Willford | Rep. B. Titone | Sen. S. Jaquez Lewis
January 26 Thursday Energy & Environment 1:30 pm  |  LSB A

HB23-1069 Study Biochar In Plugging Of Oil And Gas Wells
Concerning the creation of the biochar in oil and gas well plugging working advisory group to make recommendations for the development of a pilot program to study the use of biochar in the plugging of oil and gas wells.
LAST ACTION: 01/19/2023 | Introduced In House – Assigned to Energy & Environment
SPONSORS: Rep. K. McCormick | Sen. L. Cutter
(Not scheduled yet)

EQUITY

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
SB23-004  Employment Of School Mental Health Professionals
Concerning employment of certain school mental health professionals.
LAST ACTION: 01/9/2023 | Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Health & Human Services
SPONSORS: Sen. J. Marchman | Sen. S. Jaquez Lewis
February 9 Thursday Health & Human Services 1:30 pm  |  SCR 357

SB23-033 Medicaid Preauthorization Exemption
Concerning prior authorization exemption for medicaid coverage of medications treating serious mental illness.
LAST ACTION: 01/10/2023 | Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Health & Human Services
SPONSORS: Sen. R. Rodriguez | Sen. R. Fields | Rep. J. Amabile
February 9 Thursday Health & Human Services 1:30 pm  |  SCR 357

SB23-041 Prescription Drugs For Off-label Use
Concerning the authorization of prescription drugs approved by the federal food and drug administration for off-label use.
LAST ACTION: 01/12/2023 | Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Health & Human Services
SPONSORS: Sen. J. Ginal | Sen. J. Smallwood | Rep. J. Amabile
Feb 2 Thursday Health & Human Services 1:30 pm  |  SCR 357

HOUSING
SB23-001 Authority Of Public-private Collaboration Unit For Housing

Concerning additional functions of the public-private collaboration unit for public projects that provide housing.
LAST ACTION: 01/9/2023 | Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Local Government & Housing
SPONSORS: Sen. D. Roberts | Sen. R. Zenzinger | Rep. S. Bird | Rep. M. Lukens
Jan 24 Tuesday Local Government & Housing 2:00 pm  |  SCR 352

SB23-035 Middle-income Housing Authority Act
Concerning the operation of the middle-income housing authority, and, in connection therewith, adding members to the board of directors and expanding the power of the authority to enter into public-private partnerships.
LAST ACTION: 01/10/2023 | Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Local Government & Housing
SPONSORS: Sen. J. Bridges | Sen. D. Moreno | Rep. L. Herod
January 26 Thursday Local Government & Housing Upon Adjournment  |  SCR 352

INSURANCE
HB23-1004
Language Access In Insurance Documents
Concerning requirements regarding the language used in certain insurance documents.
LAST ACTION: 01/9/2023 | Introduced In House – Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
SPONSORS: Rep. E. Velasco | Sen. J. Gonzales
January 25 Wednesday Business Affairs & Labor Upon Adjournment  |  HCR 0112

JUDICIAL
HB23-1012 Juvenile Competency To Proceed
Concerning issues related to juvenile competency to proceed.
LAST ACTION: 01/9/2023 | Introduced In House – Assigned to Judiciary
SPONSORS: Rep. J. Amabile | Sen. R. Rodriguez
January 24 Tuesday
Judiciary 1:30 pm  |  HCR 0112

HB23-1013 Use Of Restrictive Practices In Prisons
Concerning measures to regulate the use of restrictive practices on individuals in correctional facilities.
LAST ACTION: 01/9/2023 | Introduced In House – Assigned to Judiciary
SPONSORS: Rep. J. Amabile | Sen. R. Fields | Sen. R. Rodriguez
January 31 Tuesday
Judiciary 1:30 pm  |  HCR 0112

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

MEDIA

MENTAL HEALTH
HB23-1003
School Mental Health Assessment
Concerning the creation of the “Sixth Through Twelfth Grade Mental Health Assessment Act”.
LAST ACTION: 01/9/2023 | Introduced In House – Assigned to Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services
SPONSORS: Rep. D. Michaelson Jenet | Sen. L. Cutter
Jan 25 Wednesday
Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services 1:30 pm  |  HCR 0107

NATURAL RESOURCES
SB23-005 Forestry And Wildfire Mitigation Workforce
Concerning measures to expand the forestry workforce, and, in connection therewith, directing the Colorado state forest service to develop educational materials for high school students about career opportunities in forestry and wildfire mitigation; creating a timber, forest health, and wildfire mitigation industries workforce development program to help fund internships in those industries; allocating general fund money to the wildfire mitigation capacity development fund; authorizing the expansion and creation of forestry programs in the community college system and at Colorado mountain college; and directing the state board for community colleges and occupational education to administer a program to recruit wildland fire prevention and mitigation educators.
LAST ACTION: 01/9/2023 | Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
SPONSORS: Sen. S. Jaquez Lewis | Sen. L. Cutter
January 26 Thursday Agriculture & Natural Resources 1:30pm SCR 352

OVERSIGHT/TASK FORCE/REGULATORY

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

STATE GOVERNMENT

STATE HOLIDAY

STATE INCOME TAX

TELECOMMUNICATIONS
HB23-1051
Support For Rural Telecommunications Providers
Concerning the continuation of high cost support mechanism funding for rural telecommunications providers, and, in connection therewith, aligning the repeal date of such high cost support mechanism funding with the sunset repeal date of the high cost support mechanism.
LAST ACTION: 01/9/2023 | Introduced In House – Assigned to Transportation, Housing & Local Government
SPONSORS: Rep. M. Lukens | Rep. R. Holtorf | Sen. D. Roberts | Sen. R. Pelton
January 31 Tuesday Transportation, Housing & Local Government 1:30 pm  |  LSB A

TRANSPORTATION
HB23-1014
Yield To Larger Vehicles In Roundabouts
Concerning yielding to larger vehicles in roundabouts.
LAST ACTION: 01/9/2023 | Introduced In House – Assigned to Transportation, Housing & Local Government
SPONSORS: Rep. A. Boesenecker | Sen. F. Winter
February 1 Wednesday Transportation, Housing & Local Government 1:30 pm  |  LSB A

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THE 2022 COLORADO STATE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE & OVERVIEW