Colorado Legislative Calendar

The Nation Report publishes hearing dates for bills that either are introduced by area legislators, or may be of general interest to our readers as the bills are assigned a hearing date.  The list is compiled from the state website leg.colorado.gov.  The bill summaries are listed as they are introduced and are subject to amendment as the bill moves through committee.  

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March 20, Wednesday:

Subject:  State Government

HB19-1185:  Replace Columbus Day With New State Holiday

Concerning the establishment of a new state holiday in place of Columbus day.

 

The bill establishes Colorado day as a state legal holiday in place of Columbus day.

Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

SCR 357
1:30 pm

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Subject:  Civil Courts

SB19-180:  Eviction Legal Defense Fund

Concerning the creation of an eviction legal defense fund, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

 

 

The bill creates the eviction legal defense fund (fund). The state court administrator will award 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 experiencing an eviction or are at immediate risk of an eviction. The bill lists permissible uses of grant money awarded from the fund.

Organizations that receive a grant from the fund are required to report to the state court administrator certain information about services provided by the organization . The state court administrator is required to evaluate the use of grants from the fund every 5 years and submit that evaluation to the general assembly. The bill includes a legislative declaration.

Senate Judiciary

SCR 352
1:30 pm

 

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Crimes, Correction, and Enforcement

HB19-1119:  Peace Officer Internal Investigation Open Records

Concerning public disclosure of a completed peace officer internal investigation file.

 

 

The bill makes an internal investigation file (file) of a peace officer for in-uniform or on-duty conduct that involves a member of the public subject to an open records request. The bill requires some information to be redacted and allows other information to be redacted before complying with the open records request. The bill allows the custodian of the file to first provide a summary of the file to the requester and then allows the requester access to the file after the requester has reviewed the summary. Under the bill, a custodian of a file in which there is an ongoing criminal case can deny inspection of the file. The file becomes open for inspection after all the charges are dismissed or the defendant is sentenced.

The bill allows a person who has been denied access to any information in a completed internal affairs investigation file to file an application in court to show cause why the withheld or redacted information should not be made available to the applicant. If the court determines, based on its independent judgment, applying de novo review, that any portion or portions of the completed internal affairs investigation file were improperly withheld, the court shall order the custodian to provide the applicant with a copy of those portions that were improperly withheld.

The bill applies to files of internal investigations that were started after the effective date of the bill.

Senate Judiciary

SCR 352
1:30 pm

 

March 21, Thursday:

Subject:  Education

SB19-170Inquiry Into College Applicant Criminal History
Concerning an inquiry into a college applicant’s nonacademic conduct prior to admission.

 

 

The bill prohibits a state institution of higher education (institution) from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history, or disciplinary history at an elementary, secondary, or postsecondary institution (disciplinary history), prior to admission; except that the institution may inquire about any pending criminal charges against the applicant and an applicant’s prior convictions or disciplinary history for stalking, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

An institution that accepts a form of application that may be used to apply to other institutions of higher education is prohibited from considering any criminal or disciplinary history information provided on that application that the institution is prohibited from inquiring into on its own application. An institution that accepts a form of application that is designed by a national application service, tailored for admission to a specific degree program, and used in other states may consider criminal history information provided on that application.

An institution’s review of an otherwise qualified applicant’s disclosed criminal history or disciplinary history must be made in a reasonable amount of time. An institution must provide an appeals process for an otherwise qualified applicant denied admission based on the applicant’s criminal or disciplinary history.

An institution is required to post its policies regarding inquiries into an applicant’s criminal and disciplinary history on its website and file such policies with the Colorado commission on higher education (commission). An institution must notify the commission at least 30 days before making any changes to such policies.

Senate Education

SCR 352
1:30 pm

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Subject:  Healthcare and Health Insurance

HB19-1131:  Prescription Drug Cost Education

Concerning a requirement to share the wholesale acquisition cost of a drug when sharing information concerning the drug with another party.

 

 

The bill requires a drug manufacturer, or a representative, agent, or an employee of the manufacturer, who while employed by or under contract to represent a manufacturer engages in prescription drug marketing, to provide, in writing, the wholesale acquisition cost of a prescription drug to a prescriber with whom the manufacturer, representative, agent, or employee is sharing information concerning the drug.

The bill also requires the drug manufacturer, or a representative, agent, or employee of the manufacturer, to also disseminate the names and wholesale acquisition costs of at least 3 generic prescription drugs in the same therapeutic class, or if 3 are not available, as many as are available for prescriptive use.

Senate Health & Human Services

LSB B
1:30 pm

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Subject:  Crimes, Correction, and Enforcement:

SB19-172:  Protect From Unlawful Abandonment And Confinement

 

Concerning crimes related to an at-risk person, and, in connection therewith, creating the crimes of unlawful abandonment and unlawful confinement.

 

 

The bill makes it a crime to unlawfully abandon or unlawfully confine an at-risk person. The purposeful desertion of an at-risk person in a manner that endangers the safety of that person constitutes unlawful abandonment. Tying, locking up, caging, chaining, or otherwise unreasonably restricting an at-risk person’s freedom of movement constitutes unlawful confinement.

The bill reclassifies the at-risk adult crimes that are class 1 misdemeanors into class 6 felonies and makes unlawful abandonment and unlawful confinement class 6 felonies.

Senate Health & Human Services

LSB B
1:30 pm

April 1, Monday:

Subject:  Crimes, Correction, and Enforcement

SB19-185:  Protections For Minor Human Trafficking Victims

Concerning protections for minor human trafficking victims, and, in connection therewith, requiring a post-enactment review of the implementation of this act.

 

The bill clarifies definitions in the “Colorado Children’s Code” concerning victims of human trafficking of a minor for involuntary servitude and for sexual servitude.

The bill creates immunity for a violation of a prostitution-related offense if probable cause exists to believe that a minor was a victim of either human trafficking of a minor for involuntary servitude or for sexual servitude.

The bill establishes an affirmative defense for all criminal violations, except class 1 felonies, if a minor proves that he or she was:

  • A victim of human trafficking of a minor for involuntary servitude or sexual servitude; and
  • Forced or coerced into engaging in the criminal acts.

The bill also requires a minor who engages in prostitution-related conduct to be referred to the county department of human or social services or the child abuse and that if a law enforcement officer encounters such a minor and there is probable cause to believe that the minor was a victim of human trafficking of a minor for sexual servitude, the officer shall report the suspected violation to the county department of human or social services or the child abuse hotline.

 

Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

SCR 357
1:30 pm

April 3, Wednesday:

 

Subject:  Crimes, Corrections, and Enforcement

SB19-143:  Parole Changes

Concerning changes related to parole release to alleviate prison population issues.

 

 

The bill creates a new correctional facility level designation for transition centers that are used to enhance successful reintegration into the community.

Under current law, there are prison population measures that can be used when the vacancy rate drops below 2 percent. The bill changes the rate to 3 percent and adds a new measure. The new measure allows the department to submit a list of inmates who meet a specified eligibility criteria, have an approved parole plan, and have been assessed to be less than high risk to the parole board for a file review.

For technical parole violations related to possession of a deadly weapon, refusing or failing to comply with the requirements of sex offender treatment, absconding or willful failure to appear, unlawful contact with a victim, or willful tampering or removal of an electronic monitoring device, the bill allows the parole board to revoke parole and place the inmate back in prison for up to the remainder of the inmate’s parole. For technical violations that do not involve the above conduct, the bill does not allow the parole board to revoke the inmate back to prison but can require programming at a transition center.

If an inmate meets criteria and has an approved parole plan, has been assessed low or very low risk, and parole guidelines recommend release, the parole board may deny parole only by a majority vote of the full board.

The bill provides an inmate released from prison without supervision the right to access reentry services for up to one year from the date of discharge.

The bill requires the parole board to table a parole release decision if it finds the inmate’s parole plan is inadequate and to require a new parole plan within 30 days.

Senate Judiciary

SCR 352
1:30 pm
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