Below you will find the bills and resolutions I am working on and have introduced for the 2017 Legislative session. As I walked the amazing neighborhoods of House District 30 I talked to you about the issues that affect all of us in HD30 and across Colorado. They included Access to Mental Health, Economic Development, Education, and Veteran’s issues. If you’d like to learn more about the priorities I’m focused on click:
Below are the bills I am currently working on:
HB17-1004 | College Credit For Military Education And Training
The bill requires the Colorado commission on higher education, in consultation with state institutions of higher education, to create a statewide metric for awarding college credit for measurable military education and training that is applicable to the completion of a post secondary degree or certificate. Beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, institutions of higher education shall award credit for military education and training pursuant to the statewide metric. During the regular legislative session prior to its implementation, the department of higher education shall report to the general assembly on the statewide metric for military credit.
HJR17-1009 | 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor
Concerning commemorating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
HJR17-1013 | Rescind Executive Order Regarding Immigration
Urging the immediate rescission of the executive order regarding the entry of foreign nationals into the United States that was issued by the President of the United States on January 27, 2017.
HB17-1126 | Medicaid Appeal Review Legal Notice Requirements
The bill requires the administrative law judge hearing medicaid appeals to review the legal sufficiency of the notice of action from which the recipient is appealing at the commencement of the appeal hearing if the notice of action concerns the termination or reduction of an existing benefit. If the notice is legally insufficient, the judge shall advise the appellant that he or she may waive the defense of insufficient notice and proceed to a hearing on the merits or may ask the judge to decide the appeal based on the judge’s finding of insufficiency. The judge shall advise the appellant that a legally sufficient notice may be issued in the future and that the state may recoup benefits from the appellant.
The provisions of the bill apply to hearings conducted on and after a certain date.
HB17-1139 | Medicaid Provider Compliance Billing Safety Rules
The bill subjects a provider of medicaid services to a civil monetary penalty if the provider improperly bills or seeks collection from a medicaid recipient or the estate of a medicaid recipient.
In addition, the bill allows the department of health care policy and financing (department) to require a corrective action plan from any provider who fails to comply with rules, manuals, or bulletins issued by the department, the medical services board, or the department’s fiscal agent or from a provider whose activities endanger the health, safety, or welfare of a medicaid recipient. Based on good cause, the department may suspend the enrollment of a medicaid provider for a period of time set forth in the bill. The provider has the right to appeal the suspension administratively.
HB17-1149 | Army Special Forces License Plate
Currently, the department of revenue issues special license plates to members and veterans of the United States Army special forces. The plates are restricted to people whose orders or DD214 form show an awarded prefix ‘3’ or suffix ‘S’ or a designation of ‘5G’, 18/180 series MOS, special forces tab, OSS, or UNPIK-8240. The bill removes the ability to get the special license plate based on an awarded ‘S’ suffix.
HB17-1280 | Disability Trusts 21st Century Cures Act Language
The bill conforms Colorado statutory language relating to the creation of a disability trust to conform to the language established in the federal ’21st Century Cures Act’. Specifically, it clarifies that the individual who is the beneficiary of a disability trust can also be the person who establishes such trust.
SB17-111 | Medical Marijuana Inventory Shortfall Fixes
The medical marijuana system is a vertically integrated regulatory scheme, meaning a medical marijuana center must grow the marijuana that it sells. There is one exception to the vertically integrated market: A medical marijuana center can sell to or buy from other medical marijuana licensees up to 30% of its inventory. The bill changes the 30% limit to 50%. The bill states that a medical marijuana center may transfer medical marijuana to another medical marijuana licensee if the licensees have a common owner without the medical marijuana counting towards the 50% limit.
SB17-217 | Sunset Board Of Veterans Community Living Centers
Sunset Process – Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the sunset review and report on the Colorado board of commissioners of veterans community living centers by eliminating the repeal date of the board and extending the board indefinitely.
SB17-246 | Legislative Committee Person With Mental Health Disorder Justice System
The bill changes the name of the ‘legislative oversight committee concerning the treatment of persons with mental illness in the criminal and juvenile justice systems’ to the ‘legislative oversight committee concerning the treatment of persons with mental health disorders in the criminal and juvenile justice systems’. The bill makes a corresponding change to the associated task force and cash fund. The bill also modernizes terminology related to mental health disorders.