2022 Colorado Legislative Session Update


— 2022 COLORADO LEGISLATIVE SESSION —
Session started Wednesday, January 12, 2022.
Session ends typically the first week of May.
CLEAN conference calls began Monday January 24, and will be every Monday at noon until the end of session.
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LEARN HOW TO TRACK A BILL, here.

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.) 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.:

AGRICULTURE
HB22-1235 Sunset Continue Regulation Of Veterinary Practice

Concerning the continuation of the regulation of veterinary practice by the state board of veterinary medicine, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations of the 2021 sunset report on the “Colorado Veterinary Practice Act” by the department of regulatory agencies, creating a veterinary professional assistance program, adding registration requirements for veterinary technicians, adding veterinary technicians to the state board of veterinary medicine, and allowing certain unlicensed individuals to administer rabies vaccinations.
LAST ACTION: PASSED 5/5/22
SPONSORS: Rep. K. McCormick | Rep. M. Catlin

SB22-131 Protect Health Of Pollinators And People
Concerning measures to improve pollinator habitats for the protection of the environment.
LAST ACTION:
Postponed Indefinitely
SPONSORS:
Sen. S. Jaquez Lewis| Sen. K. Priola | Rep. C. Kipp |Rep. M. Froelich

BUSINESS
HB22-1093 Updates To Bingo And Raffles Law
Concerning the conduct of charitable gaming activity, and, in connection therewith, modernizing the “Bingo and Raffles Law” to accommodate the use of improved electronic aids and devices in the conduct of games of chance.
LAST ACTION: PASSED
SPONSORS: Rep. K. McCormick | Rep. P. Will | Sen. J. Smallwood

HB22-1055 Sales Tax Exemption Essential Hygiene Products
Concerning a sales and use tax exemption for essential hygiene products.
BILL SUMMARY: The bill creates a state sales tax exemption commencing January 1, 2023, for all sales, storage, use, and consumption of feminine hygiene products and diapers. The bill further provides that local statutory taxing jurisdictions may choose to adopt either or both exemptions by express inclusion in their sales and use tax ordinance or resolution.
LAST ACTION: 05/2/2022 | Senate Third Reading PASSED No Amendments
SPONSORS: Rep. S. Lontine | Rep. L. Herod | Sen. S. Jaquez Lewis | Sen. F. Winter

HB22-1152 Prohibit Employer Adverse Action Marijuana Use
Concerning limitations on the ability of an employer to take an adverse action against an employee based on the employee’s use of marijuana.
BILL SUMMARY: The bill prohibits an employer from taking adverse action against an employee, including an applicant for employment, who engages in the use of:
• Medical marijuana on the premises of the employer during working hours; or
• Retail or medical marijuana off the premises of the employer during nonworking hours.
An employer is permitted to impose restrictions on employee use of medical or retail marijuana under specified circumstances.
LAST ACTION: Postponed Indefinitely
SPONSORS: Rep. E. Hooton | Rep. B. Titone

CAMPAIGN FAIR PRACTICES
HB22-1060 Contribution Limits School District Director Candidate
Concerning the establishment of contribution limits under the “Fair Campaign Practices Act” for candidates for school district director.
LAST ACTION: PASSED, Became LAW.
SPONSORS: Rep. E. Sirota

CIVIL RIGHTS
HB22-1054 Fund Indian Economic Condition Improvement
Concerning funding to improve socioeconomic conditions for Indians.
LAST ACTION: Postponed Indefinitely
SPONSORS: Rep. A. Benavidez | Rep. J. Bacon | Sen. J. Coleman

SB22-150 Missing And Murdered Indigenous Relatives
Concerning responding to the missing indigenous persons crisis, and, in connection therewith, establishing the office of liaison for
missing and murdered indigenous relatives.
LAST ACTION: House Third Reading Laid Over Daily – No Amendments 5/4/22
SPONSORS: Sen. J. Danielson | Rep. M. Duran | Rep. L. Herod

CONSUMER PROTECTION
SB22-086 Homestead Exemption And Consumer Debt Protection
Concerning assets exempted from seizure in certain proceedings, and, in connection therewith, expanding the amount and application of the homestead exemption to include personal property that is actually used as a residence, increasing the scope and amount of assets that may be exempted, adding certain new exemptions, recreating and increasing an exemption for money in depository accounts, and removing a requirement that a person must deposit and not commingle funds in order to render child support payments or unemployment benefits exempt from levy to pay a debt.
LAST ACTION: PASSED, Became LAW.
SPONSORS: Sen. F. Winter | Sen. J. Gonzales | Rep. M. Gray | Rep. S. Gonzales-Gutierrez

CRIMES, CORRECTIONS, & ENFORCEMENT
SB22-023 Deceptive Tactics Juvenile Custodian Interrogation
Concerning prohibiting deceptive tactics during interrogation of a juvenile.
LAST ACTION:
House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations, not scheduled yet.
SPONSORS:Sen. J. Gonzales| Rep. J. Bacon | Rep. S. Gonzales-Gutierrez

HB22-1033 Constitutional Carry Of A Handgun (OPPOSE)
Concerning the authority to carry a handgun.
LAST ACTION: POSTPONED INDEFINITELY 01/12/2022 | Introduced In House – Assigned to Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services
BILL SUMMARY: The bill grants a person who is at least 21 years old and permitted to possess a handgun pursuant to federal and state law the same authority to carry a concealed handgun as a person who holds a permit to carry a concealed handgun (permit). A person who carries a concealed handgun without a permit has the same rights, limitations, and authority to carry as a person who holds a permit. A person may obtain a permit for the purpose of using the permit to carry a concealed handgun in another state that recognizes a Colorado permit. Under existing law, a permit is valid for 5 years. The bill makes a permit valid for the life of the permit holder.

HB22-1065 Emergency Mental Health Treatment And Evaluation Standard
Concerning the standard for emergency mental health treatment and evaluation.
BILL SUMMARY: Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning the Treatment of Persons with Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems. The bill changes the standard for an emergency 72-hour mental health commitment for treatment and evaluation to include when a person appears to have a mental health disorder or be gravely disabled and, as a result of such mental health disorder or being gravely disabled, appears to present an imminent or substantial risk of harm to self or others. “Substantial risk” is defined.
LAST ACTION: House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations, not scheduled yet
SPONSORS: Rep. A. Benavidez | Rep. J. Amabile

HB22-1067 Clarifiying Changes To Ensure Prompt Bond Hearings
Concerning clarifying changes to measures that ensure defendants have a prompt bond hearing.
LAST ACTION: Passed House, introduced in Senate, Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Appropriations, not scheduled yet.
SPONSORS: Rep. S. Woodrow | Rep. S. Gonzales-Gutierrez | Sen. P. Lee

HB22-1061 Modifications To Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity
Concerning modifications to not guilty by reason of insanity.
LAST ACTION: House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations, not scheduled yet.
SPONSORS: Rep. J. Amabile | Rep. A. Benavidez
BILL SUMMARY: Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning the Treatment of Persons with Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems. The bill requires the court to order an evaluation of a defendant found not guilty by reason of insanity to determine whether the defendant meets the criteria for inpatient hospitalization or if the defendant is eligible for conditional release in the community.

HB22-1063 Jail Standards Commission
Concerning creation of a jail standards commission to standardize the operation of Colorado jails.
LAST ACTION: House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations, not scheduled yet.
SPONSORS: Rep. J. Amabile | Rep. A. Benavidez

HB22-1074 Traffic Violations On Interstate 70 Shoulder Lanes
Concerning certain traffic violations on the interstate 70 peak period shoulder lanes.
LAST ACTION: PASSED, Became LAW.
SPONSORS: Rep. J. Amabile | Sen. D. Hisey

HB22-1256 Modifications To Civil Involuntary Commitment
Concerning modifications to civil involuntary commitment statutes for persons with mental health disorders.
LAST ACTION: 03/22/2022 | House Committee on Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations, not scheduled yet.
SPONSORS: Rep. J. Amabile | Rep. J. McCluskie | Sen. D. Moreno | Sen. B. Gardner

SB22-010 Pretrial Diversion For Person With Behavioral Health
Concerning pretrial diversion programs that are intended to identify eligible individuals who have behavioral health disorders in order to divert them from the criminal justice system into community treatment programs.
LAST ACTION: PASSED, Sent to the Governor.
SPONSORS: Sen. C. Simpson | Sen. P. Lee | Rep. A. Benavidez | Rep. J. Amabile

SB22-021 Treatment Behavioral Health Disorders Justice System
Concerning the treatment of persons with behavioral health disorders in the justice system.
LAST ACTION: Passed Senate, third reading, introduced in the House, House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations on 4/25/22.
SPONSORS: Sen. R. Rodriguez | Sen. P. Lee | Rep. A. Benavidez | Rep. J. Amabile

SB22-024 Intimidating A Witness Changes
Concerning changes to strengthen the crime of intimidating a witness.
LAST ACTION: PASSED, Became LAW.
SPONSORS: Sen. R. Fields | Rep. D. Roberts

EDUCATION
SB22-069 Learning Disruption Effect On Teacher Evaluation
Concerning prohibiting the use of student academic measures in evaluating the performance of licensed personnel during school years in which the delivery of instruction is disrupted.
LAST ACTION: Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Education
SPONSORS: Sen. T. Story | Rep. M. Froelich | Rep. B. McLachlan

SB22-087 Healthy Meals For All Public School Students
Concerning providing healthy meals to public school students.
LAST ACTION: Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations, not scheduled yet.
SPONSORS: Sen. B. Pettersen | Sen. R. Fields | Rep. S. Gonzales-Gutierrez | Rep. D. Michaelson Jenet

HB22-1057 Public Employees’ Retirement Association Employment After Teacher Retirement
Concerning public employees’ retirement association employment after retirement limitations. Under current law, the public employees’ retirement association (PERA) limits the number of days that retired teachers can work as substitute teachers. The bill temporarily waives these limits for qualified service retirees in any school district or charter school while there
are critical substitute teacher shortages.
LAST ACTION: 3/11/22 | PASSED, became LAW.
SPONSORS: Rep. M. Bradfield | Rep. B. McLachlan | Sen. R. Woodward | Sen. R. Zenzinger

HB22-1069 Parent Authority To Request Public School Reforms OPPOSE
Concerning parents’ authority to request reforms for low-performing schools.
LAST ACTION: LOST
SPONSORS: Rep. R. Bockenfeld | Sen. K. Priola

HB22-1155 In-state Tuition For Colorado High School Graduates
Concerning in-state tuition classification at institutions of higher education for students who complete high school in Colorado.
BILL SUMMARY: The bill repeals the requirements that a student has attended a Colorado high school for 3 years and be admitted to college within 12 months of graduating or completing an equivalency examination.
The bill requires an institution to classify a student as an in-state student for tuition purposes if the student:
• Graduated from a Colorado high school or successfully completed a high school equivalency examination in Colorado; and Has resided in Colorado for at least 12 consecutive months prior to enrolling in an institution. Because the bill repeals the requirement to be admitted to college within 12 months of graduation, the bill also repeals the exception to that requirement for a student who does not have lawful immigration status and graduated or successfully completed the equivalency examination prior to September 1, 2013.
• Has resided in Colorado for at least 12 consecutive months prior to enrolling in an institution.
LAST ACTION: Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole, Senate Floor Work, 4/25/22.
SPONSORS: Rep. P. Will | Rep. J. McCluskie | Sen. J. Gonzales

HB22-1206 Prohibit Discriminatory Practices In Schools (questions about this bill!)
Concerning prohibiting discriminatory practices in public schools.
BILL SUMMARY: The bill prohibits teaching or using instructional materials at public schools that promote discrimination.
The bill prohibits public schools from certain discriminatory practices based on a student’s, student’s family, or teacher’s race or ethnicity.
The bill creates a $25,000 fine to be paid by the school district of the public school, or by the state charter school institute in the case of an institute charter school, to the state education fund if the commissioner of education finds that a public school knowingly violates a prohibition. The bill waives sovereign immunity and creates a civil action against a public school and the school district or board of cooperative services or the state charter school institute that violates a prohibition.
LAST ACTION: LOST
SPONSORS: Rep. D. Williams.

HB22-1207 Choice In Low-performing School Districts  OPPOSE
Concerning the creation of a program to enable students enrolled
in a low-performing school district to pursue other educational opportunities.
LAST ACTION: LOST
SPONSORS: Rep. D. Woog

ELECTIONS
HR22-1004 Urging Congress To Adopt Voting Rights Legislation
Concerning urging congress to adopt comprehensive voting rights legislation to protect the integrity of American
democracy and the sacred right to vote.
STATUS: Introduced, Passed, Adopted. Signed by the Speaker of the House, 1/19/22.

HB22-1059 Two-thirds Voting Requirement For Bill With Fees (OPPOSE)
Concerning a requirement that any bill that imposes, increases, or authorizes the imposition of a fee be approved by a two-thirds vote of all members elected to each house of the general assembly to become law.
LAST ACTION: LOST
SPONSORS: Rep. M. Soper | Sen. J. Sonnenberg Two-thirds

HB22-1086 The Vote Without Fear Act
Concerning prohibiting openly carrying firearms at a voting location.
LAST ACTION: PASSED, became LAW.
SPONSORS: Rep. T. Sullivan | Rep. J. Bacon | Sen. R. Fields

HB22-1085 Paper Ballot Fraud Countermeasures (OPPOSE)
Concerning paper ballot fraud countermeasures.
LAST ACTION: LOST
SPONSORS: Rep. R. Hanks

HB22-1204 Election Systems (OPPOSE)
Concerning election systems, and, in connection therewith, requiring votes to be cast in person on election day, limiting the use of electronic voting systems, establishing requirements for precinct polling places, requiring the secretary of state to withdraw the state from the electronic registration information center, and establishing additional requirements for the conduct of elections.
LAST ACTION: LOST
SPONSORS: Rep. R. Hanks

SB22-152 Residence Of Voter Whose Home Is Destroyed
Concerning authorization for a person whose residence is destroyed or becomes uninhabitable to continue to use the
address of the residence as the person’s residence for purposes of voting if the person intends to return to the residence once it is
replaced or becomes habitable.
LAST ACTION: PASSED, became LAW.
SPONSORS: Sen. S. Fenberg | Sen. S. Jaquez Lewis

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
HB22-1011 Wildfire Mitigation Incentives For Local Governments
Concerning the establishment of a state grant program that provides funding to local governments that dedicate resources for wildfire mitigation purposes.
LAST ACTION: House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations, not scheduled yet.
SPONSORS: Rep. L. Cutter | Rep. M. Snyder | Sen. T. Story | Sen. P. Lee

HB22-1012 Wildfire Mitigation And Recovery
Concerning healthy forests, and, in connection therewith, creating the wildfire mitigation and recovery grant program.
LAST ACTION: Still in House, House Floor Work 4/25/22
SPONSORS: Rep. L. Cutter | Rep. D. Valdez | Sen. J. Ginal | Sen. P. Lee

HB22-1013 Microgrids For Community Resilience Grant Program
Concerning the creation of a grant program to build community resilience regarding electric grid disruptions through the development of microgrids.
LAST ACTION: House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations, not scheduled yet.
SPONSORS: Rep. R. Pelton | Rep. M. Snyder | Sen. D. Hisey | Sen. F. Winter

HB22-1249 Electric Grid Resilience And Reliability Roadmap SUPPORT
Concerning the creation of a roadmap for improving electric grids in the state.
LAST ACTION: PASSED.
SPONSORS: Rep. T. Bernett | Rep. E. Hooton | Sen. B. Rankin

SB22-051 Policies To Reduce Emissions From Built Environment
Concerning policies to reduce emissions from the built environment.
LAST ACTION: 04/21/2022 | House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Finance, not scheduled yet.
SPONSORS: Sen. C. Hansen
BILL SUMMARY: The bill specifies that air-source and ground-source heat pump systems are household furnishings exempt from the levy and collection of property tax. The bill exempts air-source and ground-source heat pump systems from the definition of “fixtures” for property tax purposes. Beginning July 1, 2024, the bill exempts from state sales and use tax all sales, storage, and use of eligible decarbonizing building materials. “Eligible decarbonizing building materials” are defined as building materials that have a maximum acceptable global warming potential as determined by the office of the state architect.

SB22-009 Recertification And Theft Of Catalytic Converters
Concerning catalytic converters, and, in connection therewith, establishing procedures for the evaluation and certification of aftermarket catalytic converters and enacting measures to address the theft of catalytic converters.
LAST ACTION: 2/08/2022 | Scheduled to be heard in Transportation & Energy Committee
SPONSORS: Sen. J. Ginal | Sen. D. Hisey | Rep. S. Bird | Rep. A. Benavidez

SB22-138 Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions In Colorado
Concerning measures to promote reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in Colorado.
LAST ACTION: 03/15/2022 | To be Heard in Transportation & Energy 2:00 pm | SCR 357
SPONSORS: Sen. C. Hansen | Rep. A. Valdez

HB22-1134 Measures To Reduce Use Single-use Meal Accessories
Concerning measures to reduce the use of single-use meal accessories.
LAST ACTION: 02/16/2022 | Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor Upon Adjournment | HCR 0112 POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
SPONSORS: Rep. B. Titone | Sen. K. Priola

EQUITY
HB22-1054 Fund Indian Economic Condition Improvement
Concerning funding to improve economic conditions for Indians.
LAST ACTION: 02/10/2022 | House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
SPONSORS: Rep. A. Benavidez. House Floor 2nd reading 9 am

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
HB22-1289 Health Benefits For Colorado Children And Pregnant Persons
Concerning improving access to health benefits for economically insecure Colorado families by enhancing public health programs.
BILL SUMMARY: The bill makes the following changes to health insurance coverage for low-income pregnant people and children in low-income families:
• Provides full health insurance coverage for Colorado pregnant people who would be eligible for medicaid and the children’s basic health plan (CHIP) if not for their immigration status and continues that coverage for 12 months postpartum at the CHIP federal matching rate;
• Provides comprehensive health insurance coverage to all Colorado children who would be eligible for medicaid and CHIP if not for their immigration status; • Requires the state department of health care policy and financing to create an outreach and enrollment strategy for enrolling eligible groups into new coverage options;
• Makes comprehensive lactation supports and supplies, including breast pumps, a covered benefit for perinatal people on medicaid and CHIP;
• Draws down federal funds to improve perinatal and postpartum support and requires that priorities for the funds be determined through a stakeholder process;
• Permanently authorizes an existing survey of birthing parents, run by the state department of public health and environment and increases the ability of the survey to collect and report on the experiences of birthing people of color in Colorado;
• Creates a special enrollment period for health insurance coverage due to pregnancy so that an eligible person can sign up for insurance as soon as the person becomes pregnant; and
• Improves the quality of health insurance coverage available through the health insurance affordability enterprise.
LAST ACTION: 03/25/2022 | To be heard in Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services
SPONSORS: Rep. S. Gonzales-Gutierrez | Rep. J. McCluskie | Sen. D. Moreno

SB22-098 Program Allowing Redispensing Of Unused Drugs

Concerning the creation of a program allowing for the use of donated unused drugs.
LAST ACTION: 03/02/22 Scheduled for Senate Health & Human Services 1:30 pm  |  SCR 357
SPONSORS: Sen. R. Rodriguez

HOUSING
HB22-1102 Veterans And Military Status In Fair Housing
Concerning protected classes in fair housing practices, and, in connection therewith, including a veteran or military status as a protected class.
LAST ACTION: 02/3/2022 PASSED House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
SPONSORS: Rep. D. Ortiz | Rep. T. Sullivan | Sen. B. Gardner

HB22-1082 Establish Fair Housing Unit Department Of Law
Concerning the enforcement of state housing laws by the department of law, and, in connection therewith, establishing a fair housing unit within the department of law.
LAST ACTION: 01/19/2022 | Introduced In House – Assigned to Judiciary
SPONSORS: Rep. E. Hooton

HB22-1287 Protections For Mobile Home Park Residents
Concerning protections for mobile home park residents.
LAST ACTION: 03/23/2022 | To be heard in Transportation & Local Government 1:30 pm | LSB A
SPONSORS: Rep. A. Boesenecker | Rep. E. Hooton | Sen. F. Winter

INSURANCE
HB22-1064 Prohibit Flavored Tobacco Regulate Synthetic Nicotine

Concerning tobacco products, and, in connection therewith, prohibiting the distribution of flavored cigarettes, tobacco products, or nicotine products, amending the definition of cigarette, tobacco product, or nicotine product to include products containing synthetic nicotine, and directing the prevention services division in the department of public health and environment to convene a working group to develop and implement a grant program to address the needs of communities disproportionately impacted by tobacco and nicotine marketing, sales, and use.
LAST ACTION: 03/16/2022 | To be heard in Health & Insurance 1:30 pm | Old State Library
SPONSORS: Rep. K. Mullica | Rep. J. Bacon | Senator K. Priola | Senator R. Fields

HB22-1068 Medicaid Reimbursement For Therapy Using Equines
Concerning medicaid reimbursement for therapy using equine movement.
LAST ACTION:
03/15/2022  |PASSEDHouse Committee on Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
SPONSORS:
Rep. K McCormick | Sen. S. Jaquez Lewis

HB22-1111 Insurance Coverage For Loss Declared Fire Disaster
Concerning insurance coverage for insured losses incurred as a result of a declared fire disaster.
LAST ACTION: 2/10/2022 | Scheduled to be heard in Business Affairs & Labor
SPONSORS: Rep. J. Amabile | Sen. B. Rankin | Sen. S. Fenberg
NOTES: Currently, four bills are scheduled for this hearing and HB22-1111 is last on the agenda.
The schedule may change and we will try to keep everyone apprised. Please write in support to Chair Dylan Roberts dylan.roberts.house@state.co.us. and Vice Chair Tom Sullivan tom.sullivan.house@state.co.us

HB22-1236 Parent’s Bill Of Rights Question the direction of, and motivation behind this bill — and lone Republican sponsor
Concerning the creation of a parent’s bill of rights.
BILL SUMMARY: The bill establishes a parent’s bill of rights that sets forth specific parental rights related to directing the upbringing, education, and health care of a minor child. The bill requires a board of education of a school district, board of cooperative services,
charter school, or institute charter school, in consultation with parents, teachers, and administrators, to develop and adopt a policy to promote the involvement of parents of the enrolled minor child. The bill prohibits an individual, corporation, association, organization, state-supported institution, or individual employed by any of these entities from procuring, soliciting to perform, arranging for the performance of, or performing a surgical procedure upon a minor without written or verbal consent from the minor’s parent. Parental consent is not required if the minor is in the custody of a county department of human or social services or the division of youth services.
LAST ACTION: 03/23/2022 | To be heard in Health & Insurance 1:30 pm | HCR 0112
SPONSORS: Rep. T. Van Beber

HB22-1268 Medicaid Mental Health Reimbursement Rates Report
Concerning a reporting of medicaid reimbursement rates paid to mental health providers. The bill requires the department of health care policy and financing (department) to prepare a report of medicaid reimbursement rates for community mental health providers and independent mental health and substance use treatment providers. The department must hire an independent auditor to prepare the report and provide recommendations on the report to be presented to the house of representatives public and behavioral health and human services committee. The department is required to prepare recommendations based on the audit findings and recommendations to create equitable payment models between providers of community mental health centers and independent mental health and substance use treatment providers providing comparable behavioral health services.
LAST ACTION: 03/15/2022 To be heard in Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Committee, 1:30 pm | HCR 0112
SPONSORS: Rep. R. Holtorf | Rep. J. Amabile

SB22-052 Medical Assistance Income Eligibility Requirements
Concerning aligning medical assistance income eligibility requirements with federal law
LAST ACTION: 02/9/2022 | Senate Committee on Health & Human Services PASSED Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole scheduled Feb 14 Monday Senate Floor Work 10:00 am
SPONSORS: Sen. S. Jaquez Lewis | Rep. K. Mullica

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
SB22-007 Increase Wildfire Risk Mitigation Outreach Efforts
Concerning outreach to the public relating to wildfire risk mitigation practices.
LAST ACTION: 02/01/22 To be heard in Local Government Committee PASSED: Senate Committee on Local
Government Refer Amended to Appropriations
SPONSORS: Sen. P. Lee | Sen. T. Story | Rep. L. Cutter | Rep. M. Snyder

SB22-136 Special District Governance
Concerning measures to promote the governance of special districts
LAST ACTION:
03/01/22
Local Government 2:00 pm  |  SCR 352
SPONSORS: Sen. T. Story | Rep. A. Boesenecker | Rep. M. Weissman
(research this bill. Is it a help or a hindrance to hidden costs to homeowners? Does it actually open access to home ownership, or not?)

HB22-1087 Special District Director Retirement Benefits
BILL SUMMARY: Concerning special district director retirement benefits, and, in connection therewith, excluding a special district director from becoming eligible for membership in the public employees’ retirement association due to the director’s service as a director. The bill excludes a special district director (director) who begins service as a director on or after July 1, 2022, from becoming eligible for membership in the public employees’ retirement association (PERA) due to the director’s service as a director. (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)
LAST ACTION: PASSED,  03/14/2022 Senate Floor Work
SPONSORS: Rep. E. Hooton

HB22-1097 Dissolution Of Special Districts
BILL SUMMARY: Concerning the authority of a board of county commissioners to file an application for dissolution of a special district with the special district’s board of directors, and, in connection therewith, allowing a board of county commissioners to consent to dissolution by court order without an election of a special district with no outstanding financial obligations or debt.
LAST ACTION: 3/11/22 PASSED sent to Governor for signing
SPONSORS: Rep. D. Valdez | Sen. C. Simpson

MEDIA
HB22-1121 Supporting Local Media

Concerning supporting local media. Excerpt: A taxpayer is allowed a credit against their income taxes in an amount equal to 50%, not to exceed $250, of the total amount paid by the taxpayer for local newspaper subscriptions or memberships for the personal use of the taxpayer and of the contributions made by the taxpayer to nonprofit local newspapers; and
LAST ACTION: 02/24/2022 |Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
SPONSORS: Rep. L. Cutter
A robust local media is a hallmark of democracy. But does this bill do enough?

SB22-082 Geographical Area Hazardous Air Pollution Rule
Concerning addressing the geographical areas with the greatest concentration of air pollutants that affect human health.
LAST ACTION: 02/16/2022 | Assigned to Health & Human Services
SPONSORS: Sen. K. Donovan

NATURAL RESOURCES
SB22-031 Prohibit Hunting Bobcat Lynx And Mountain Lion
Concerning prohibitions against taking certain actions that may negatively affect certain native normally wild animals in the subfamily felinae.
LAST ACTION: 02/03/2022 | Scheduled to be heard in Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee LOST
SPONSORS: Sen. S. Jaquez Lewis | Sen. J. Ginal | Rep. J. Amabile | Rep. M. Duran

SJR22-002 Water Projects Eligibility Lists
Concerning approval of water project revolving fund eligibility lists administered by the Colorado water resources and power development authority.
LAST ACTION: 02/10/22 — to be heard in Senate Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee
SPONSORS: Sen. K. Donovan | Rep. K. McCormick

OVERSIGHT/TASK FORCE/REGULATORY
SB22-113 Artificial Intelligence Facial Recognition
Concerning the use of personal identifying data, and, in connection therewith, creating a task force for the consideration of artificial intelligence, restricting the use of facial recognition services by state and local government agencies, temporarily prohibiting the use of facial recognition services by public schools, and making an appropriation.
LAST ACTION: 03/24/2022 | To be heard in State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Upon Adjournment | LSB A
SPONSORS: Sen. C. Hansen | Sen. J. Buckner | Rep. K. Tipper | Rep. J. Bacon

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
HB22-1008 Implementation Of Fertility Coverage

Concerning the federal requirements for the implementation of fertility coverage under health benefit plans.
LAST ACTION:
02/9/2022 | House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer PASSED Amended to House Committee of the
Whole
SPONSORS:
Rep. K. Tipper| Sen. S. Fenberg |Sen. F. Winter

HB22-1279 Reproductive Health Equity Act
BILL SUMMARY: Concerning the codification of a person’s fundamental right to make reproductive health-care decisions free from government interference.
LAST ACTION: 3/14/22, House Floor Work. PASSED in the House 2nd Reading, no amendments 03/11/2022 (Debated on House Floor — debate continued through to Saturday, March 12, 11:00 am — one of the longest debates in Colorado legislature’s history) Will go to the Senate next.
SPONSORS: Rep. M. Froelich | Rep. D. Esgar | Sen. J. Gonzales

STATE GOVERNMENT
HB22-1059 Two-thirds Voting Requirement For Bills With Fees OPPOSE
Concerning a requirement that any bill that imposes, increases, or authorizes the imposition of a fee be approved by a two-thirds vote of all members elected to each house of the general assembly to become law.
LAST ACTION: 03/21/2022 | Rescheduled to be heard in State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
SPONSORS: Rep. M. Soper | Sen. J. Sonnenberg

STATE HOLIDAY
SB22-139 Juneteenth New State Holiday
Concerning the establishment of Juneteenth as a state holiday.
LAST ACTION: 03/15/2022 | Introduced In Senate – Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs 2:00 pm | Old Supreme Court
SPONSORS: Sen. J. Buckner | Sen. J. Coleman | Rep. L. Herod

STATE INCOME TAX
HB22-2021 Reduce State Income Tax Rate (OPPOSE)
Concerning a reduction of the state income tax rate.
LAST ACTION:
01/12/2022 | Introduced In House – Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
SPONSORS:
Rep. K. Ransom | Sen. J. Sonnenberg

HB22-1125 Income Tax Rate Reduction (OPPOSE)
Concerning a requirement that any state income tax rate reduction implemented temporarily in order to refund excess state
revenues remain in effect permanently.
LAST ACTION: 01/21/2022 | Introduced In House – Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
SPONSORS: Rep. J. Rich | Sen. J. Sonnenberg

LAST ACTION:
HB22-1079 Abolishing Abortion In Colorado (OPPOSE)
Concerning abolishing abortion in Colorado.
LAST ACTION: 01/19/2022 | Introduced In House – Assigned to Health & Insurance
SPONSORS: Rep. D. Williams

HB22-1047 Protecting Human Life At Conception (OPPOSE)
Concerning the protection of human life beginning at conception.
LAST ACTION: 01/12/2022 | Introduced In House – Assigned to Health & Insurance
SPONSORS: Rep. P. Neville

HB22-1075 Induced Termination Of Pregnancy State Registrar (OPPOSE)
Concerning information regarding induced terminations of pregnancies reported to the state registrar of vital statistics.
LAST ACTION: 02/23/2022 | Assigned to Health & Insurance
SPONSORS: Rep. S. Luck
LUCK TRIED THIS BILL LAST YEAR — SEVERAL PHYSICIANS TESTIFIED AGAINST IT.

MORE GUN BILLS INTRODUCED!
Several more gun-related bills have been introduced in the Colorado General Assembly. None of the gun bills have yet been scheduled for a hearing.

HB22-1105 Use of Deadly Force STRONGLY OPPOSE
SPONSOR: Rep. Shane Sandridge
BILL NOTES: Would extend the Stand Your Ground use of deadly force immunity in homes to persons in a business location. This proposal has gone down in defeat for 15 previous years.
LAST ACTION: Assigned to State, Civic, Veterans, and Military Affairs.

HB22-1106 Handguns on School Grounds STRONGLY OPPOSE
SPONSOR: Patrick Neville
BILL NOTES: This is the 10th straight year a bill such as this has appeared. It wouldn’t just arm teachers, but also allow anyone with a concealed carry permit to carry their guns into public K-12 schools. There are now nearly 300,000 Coloradans licensed to carry hidden handguns.
LAST ACTION: Assigned to State, Civic, Veterans, and Military Affairs.

Bills not assigned a number of committee yet, but that we are interested in:

  • Bill seeking to provide all pregnant women and children with health care coverage, regardless of immigration status.
    SPONSORS: Rep. Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez, Rep. Julie McCluskie of Dillon.
  • Protecting Opportunities And Workers’ Rights Act seeks to update state law on harassment and discrimination.
    SPONSORS: Sen Faith Winter, Rep Susan Lontine, Rep. Matt Gray of Broomfield and Sen. Brittany Pettersen
  • State law guaranteeing right to abortion. Reproductive Health Equity Act
    SPONSORS: Rep Daneya Esgar from
    Pueblo, Rep Meg Froelich of Greenwood Village and Sen. Julie Gonzales of Denver
  • Getting Lead Out of Drinking Water (place water filters in Colorado Schools to filter out lead) use some of the Federal dollars to accomplish this.
    SPONSORS: Rhonda Fields
    and Faith Winter

Disclosure of Fracking Fluids bill
Yadira Caraveo <repcaraveo@gmail.com>
Isabel Aries (she/her) Chief of Staff for Representative Yadira Caraveo (HD-31): repcaraveo.aide@gmail.com

Bills in the Making:
Rep. Tracey Bernett (HD12) tracey.bernett.house@state.co.us
Working on bills to decarbonize building materials, agricultural sequestering, front range air quality ozone problem, grid resilience…

CHECK THIS PAGE THROUGHOUT SESSION…WE’LL KEEP UPDATING IT!

Any questions? Email us at longmontareadems@gmail.com


— 2021 COLORADO LEGISLATIVE SESSION —
(Session ended Tuesday, June 8, 2021.)
Of this year’s 623 bills, 330 were introduced in the House and 293 were introduced in the Senate. 220 bills have become law.

From Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg: “After a couple days of rest, we’ll get back to work on our plan to spend the federal stimulus funding Colorado received from the American Rescue Plan. Bipartisan interim committees will meet throughout the summer and fall to explore the smartest ways to invest that funding in mental and behavioral health programs, affordable housing solutions, workforce development, and much more.
The work continues.”
STATE STIMULUS TRACKER, here.

WATCH the Boulder County Delegation Town Hall that covered this amazing legislative session, with Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg (SD18), State Rep. Edie Hooton (HD10), State Rep. Karen McCormick (HD11), State Rep. Tracey Bernett (HD12), State Rep. Judy Amabile (HD13), and State Senator Sonya Jaquez Lewis (SD17): https://fb.watch/6cPqjXDwSk/

READ: From the Colorado Sun, “…65 Bills you need to know about”, here.


AGRICULTURE:
SB21-087 Agricultural Workers’ Rights PASSED Historic new legislation to give farmworkers in Colorado basic rights (that every worker already enjoys). Farmworkers are regularly not paid Colorado’s minimum wage, overtime pay, or even allowed to take breaks for meals and rest on the job. Sponsored by State Senators Jessie Danielson, Dominick Moreno, State Reps Yadira Caraveo and Karen McCormick.
HB21-1181: Agricultural Soil Health Program
PASSED monitoring the environmental or economic benefits of soil health practices, state soil health inventory and platform, soil health testing program, provide grants, loans, and other resources to perform soil health activities, also creates a soil health advisory committee. State Rep Karen McCormick was one of the bill’s prime sponsors.
SB21-248 Loan Program For Colorado Agriculture
PASSED State Rep Karen McCormick was one of the bill’s prime sponsors.
SB21-235 Stimulus Funding Department of Agriculture Efficiency Programs
PASSED helps farmers and ranchers improve the energy efficiency of their operations and fosters renewable energy, soil health, and agrivoltaics. Sponsored by State Senator Sonya Jaquez Lewis, State Reps. Tracey Bernett and Karen McCormick.

BUSINESS:
HB21-1007 State Apprenticeship Agency PASSED

CRIMINAL JUSTICE & REFORM:
HB21-1251 Appropriate Use Of Chemical Restraints On A Person PASSED The bill prohibits a peace officer from using, directing, or unduly influencing the use of ketamine upon another person. Sponsored by State Reps Yadira Caraveo, Leslie Herod, State Senators Rhonda Fields and Julie Gonzales.
HB21-1255 Protection Order Issued Against Domestic Abuser
PASSED State Senator Sonya Jaquez Lewis was one of the bill’s prime sponsors.
HB21-1250 Measures to Address Law Enforcement Accountability
PASSED Sponsored by State Reps Yadira Caraveo, Leslie Herod, State Senators Rhonda Fields and Bob Gardner.
HB21-1211 Regulation Of Restrictive Housing In Jails:
PASSED Sponsored by State Rep Judy Amabile and State Senator Pete Lee.
SB21-071 Limit The Detention Of Juveniles
PASSED The bill prohibits the imposition of secured monetary or property conditions on a bond for juveniles charged with or accused of committing a delinquent act.
HB21-1280 Pre-trial Detention Reform PASSED The bill requires a court to hold a bond setting hearing within 48 hours after an arrestee’s arrival at a jail or holding center.
SB21-146 Improve Prison Release Outcomes: PASSED
SB21-064 Retaliation Against An Elected Official PASSED Signed into law.
HB21-1099 Policies And Procedures To Identify Domestic Abuse: PASSED Signed into law.
SB21-062 Jail Population Management Tools LOST

ENVIRONMENT:
HB21- 1238 Modernize Gas Utility Demand-side Management Programs PASSED focuses on gas energy efficiency and fostering transition to clean heat technologies, helping Colorado reach its greenhouse gas reduction goals. This bill is expected to save Coloradans an estimated $600-$700 Million over the next 10 years. Sponsored by State Rep. Tracey Bernett
HB21-1162 Management Of Plastic Products
PASSED The bill prohibits stores and retail food establishments, on and after September 1, 2022, from providing single-use plastic carryout bags to customers; except that a retail food establishment that is a restaurant and not a store or convenience store may provide single-use plastic carryout bags .
HB21-1268 Study Emerging Technologies For Water Management PASSED
HB21-1189 Regulate Air Toxics PASSED
HB21-1145 Support Pollinator Special License Plate: PASSED
HB21-1266 Environmental Justice Disproportionate Impacted Community PASSED the bill defines “disproportionately impacted community” and requires the air quality control commission to promote outreach to and engage with disproportionately impacted communities by creating new ways to gather input from communities across the state, using multiple languages and multiple formats, and transparently sharing information about adverse effects resulting from its proposed actions. Creates the environmental justice action task force.
SB21-200 Reduce Greenhouse Gases Increase Environmental Justice LOST (although this bill lost, some of its provisions were folded into HB21-1266)
HB21-1303 Global Warming Potential For Public Project Materials PASSED develops policies for companies involved in constructing public projects to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with manufacturing concrete, steel, and other building and transportation materials. State Rep. Tracey Bernett was one of the bill’s prime sponsors.
SB21-264 Adopt Programs Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Utilities
requires utilities to develop Clean Heat Plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enables natural gas utilities to use new emission reduction technologies in buildings. State Rep. Tracey Bernett was one of the bill’s prime sponsors.

IMMIGRANT RIGHTS:
HB21-1194 Immigration Legal Defense Fund PASSED The bill creates the immigration legal defense fund. The department of labor and employment , as the administrator, awards grants from the fund to qualifying nonprofit organizations (organizations) that provide legal advice, counseling, and representation for, and on behalf of, indigent clients who are subject to an immigration proceeding.
HB21-1060 U Visa Certification Requirements: PASSED signed into law
HB21-1057 Extortion Of Immigrants Engaging In Lawful Acts: PASSED signed into law Under current law, it is criminal extortion to threaten to report another person’s immigration status to law enforcement to induce the threatened person to give the person money or another item of value. The bill adds to that version of criminal extortion a prohibition against threatening to report a person’s immigration status to law enforcement to induce the threatened person to perform an act or refrain from performing a lawful act.
SB21-077 Remove Lawful Presence Verification Credentialing: PASSED signed into law

GUN SAFETY:
HB21-1299 Office Of Gun Violence Prevention: PASSED
HB21-1298 Expand Firearm Transfer Background Check Requirements PASSED Eliminates the Charleston Loophole.
SB21-256 Local Regulation Of Firearms: PASSED
SB21-078 Lost Or Stolen Firearms: PASSED, Signed into law.State Senator Sonya Jaquez Lewis was one of the bill’s prime sponsors.
HB21-1106 Safe Storage Of Firearms:
PASSED, Signed into law.


HEALTHCARE:
SB21-194 Maternal Health Providers PASSED Requires a carrier offering a health benefit plan in the state, and the department of health care policy and financing when administering the “Colorado Medical Assistance Act”, to reimburse health-care providers that provide health-care services related to labor and delivery in a way that promotes high-quality, cost-effective care, prevents risk in subsequent pregnancy, and does not discriminate based on the type of provider or facility. Sponsored by State Senator Janet Buckner, and State Rep. Leslie Herod.
SB21-009 Reproductive Health Care Program
PASSED Sponsored by State Senator Sonya Jaquez Lewis and State Rep. Yadira Caraveo.
SB21-016 Protecting Preventive Health Care Coverage
PASSED
HB21-1232 Standardized Health Benefit Plan Colorado Option PASSED
HB21-1012 Expand Prescription Drug Monitoring Program PASSED
SB21-175 Prescription Drug Affordability Review Board PASSED State Senator Sonya Jaquez Lewis was one of the bill’s prime sponsors.
SB21-011 Pharmacist Prescribe Dispense Opiate Antagonist
PASSED, Signed into law.
SB21-038 Expansion of Complementary And Alternative Medicine PASSED
HB21-1068 Insurance Coverage Mental Health Wellness Exam PASSED

REGULATION:
HB21-1317 Regulating Marijuana Concentrates PASSED

SOCIAL JUSTICE, EQUITY AND ACCESS:
SB21-029 Colorado American Indian Tribes In-state Tuition PASSED Signed by President of the Senate.
HB21-1117 Local Government Authority Promote Affordable Housing Units PASSED
HB21-1114 School District Provision Of Internet Service PASSED signed into law
HB21-1122 First Responder Interactions Persons With Disabilities PASSED
SB21-199 Remove Barriers To Certain Public Opportunities PASSED State Senator Sonya Jaquez Lewis was one of the bill’s prime sponsors.

TRANSPORTATION:
SB21-238 Create Front Range Passenger Rail District PASSED
SB21-262 Special District Transparency PASSED The bill makes various changes to statutory provisions to promote transparency for special districts.

VOTING:
HB21-1071 Ranked Choice Voting In Nonpartisan Elections PASSED
SB21-188 Ballot Access For Voters With Disabilities PASSED signed into law
HB21-1011 Multilingual Ballot Access For Voters: PASSED